Disparity in gas prices around state is unfair
Last weekend, my wife and I took a day trip to the Finger Lakes – Cayuga Lake to be exact. When leaving, I decided to fill up the gas tank and was shocked at the price of gas. At the station where I stopped, the price of regular was $2.03. At another station on the way to I-90, the price was $2.11. Traveling along I-90 coming back to Buffalo, we noticed that the price of regular gas ranged from $2.32 to $2.35, which is less than the price of gas in northern Erie County and southern Niagara County.
It seems that I-290 is the dividing line for gasoline prices. At a station south of I-290, the cost of gas is $2.29 while at a station of the same brand but a quarter of a mile north of I-290, it is 10 cents more a gallon.
Now I know that for years we have been told that the reason we pay more for fuel in Buffalo is because it costs more to transport it here, but does it cost more than 20 to 30 cents more a gallon?
It’s time for Sen. Charles Schumer to launch one of his investigations into the high cost of fuel in the Buffalo area – not that it will do any good or change anything.
Louis M. Merzacco