Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Transportation

Gas prices dip below $3 a gallon

RECOMMENDED READING


Just in time for the holiday travel season, gas prices are on the way down, dipping below $3 a gallon in at least one case.

Excel Fuel Inc. at 6201 54th Ave. N in St. Petersburg is selling a gallon of regular gas for $2.99.

"We got busy yesterday and have been busy since,'' said Sal Khraisat, manager. "The customers are very happy about the price. They say it is like a nice Christmas present.''

The average price per gallon in the Tampa Bay area is $3.21, compared to $3.22 last year and $3.25 a month ago.

Only last summer concern was mounting about prices topping $4 and possibly hitting $5 a gallon in some areas of the country.

But prices have been dipping for several weeks.

It's a simple matter of supply and demand, said Jessica Brady of AAA.

The supply of gas in the U.S. is ample, with refineries operating at near 90 percent capacity, she said.

On the other hand, demand is down, both domestically and internationally is down, a reflection of economic challenges.

The combination is good news for holiday travelers.

"Motorists are willing to take any break they can get,'' said Brady. "This is much better than paying $3.50 a gallon or more.

AAA predicts the Christmas travel season could be the busiest in six years, with 93-million Americans hitting the road.

Highways are likely to be more crowded than in recent years because getting a seat on a plane is more difficult and expensive, AAA says.

AAA predicts gas prices could continue to drop through the end of the year.

"It depends, of course,'' Brady said, "but we could see more stations with prices dipping under $3.

Comments
Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall

Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall

The Largo Mall entrance stoplight on Ulmerton Road just east of Seminole Boulevard has been causing traffic delays on eastbound Ulmerton at Seminole Boulevard. It appears that the light at the Largo Mall entrance is being triggered on-demand by folks...
Updated: 2 hours ago
FDOT considers transit, other options for improving Fowler Avenue in USF area

FDOT considers transit, other options for improving Fowler Avenue in USF area

TAMPA — A new study eventually could lead to better traffic flow on Fowler Avenue while offering a variety of transportation options.The $500,000 study, to take up to 18 months, focuses on the University Area and the University of South Florida. It ...
Published: 11/19/17
Updated: 11/21/17
Mother reconciles with Plant City DMV employee who made her stand outside with baby

Mother reconciles with Plant City DMV employee who made her stand outside with baby

PLANT CITY — After Liz Gately was told to wait outside the Plant City’s Tax Collector office to renew her car registration with her 1-year-old last week, the internet fought back. Facebook posts from Gately, 27, as well as bystanders and other mother...
Published: 11/16/17
Holiday events begin, annual traffic snarls follow

Holiday events begin, annual traffic snarls follow

A few favorite holiday events are gearing up and that means impact to traffic, starting with the annual Times Turkey Trot, which will temporarily close streets Thanksgiving morning in Clearwater beginning at 6 a.m. until approximately noon. The follo...
Published: 11/15/17
Moms with infants told to wait outside Plant City DMV

Moms with infants told to wait outside Plant City DMV

PLANT CITY — Liz Gatley needed to renew her car registration. As if that task wasn’t cumbersome enough, she says a Department of Motor Vehicles manager told her she had to wait outside until she could be served because her 1-year-old daughter was wit...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/11/17
The Cross Bay Ferry won’t come back this fall. What about 2018?

The Cross Bay Ferry won’t come back this fall. What about 2018?

Still waiting for the Cross Bay Ferry to return? It’s going to be a while — say, 2018 at the earliest.The ferry’s supporters, most notably St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, had hoped to bring the boat back for another season after the first six-mon...
Published: 11/10/17

Work on Sunshine Skyway’s rest areas to last two more years

We often go fishing near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and are wondering what’s happening with the rest area and parking lot? It looks like there’s work going on there. How long will the rest area be closed off?Mike WalkerThis is a state Department of T...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/13/17
Hillsborough loses transit leader Katharine Eagan to a better funded agency

Hillsborough loses transit leader Katharine Eagan to a better funded agency

TAMPA — Katharine Eagan, the leader of Hillsborough County’s transit agency, is leaving the job just a month after implementing a widespread overhaul of the county’s bus network.She will take over as CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny, Pa., which...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
Speakers give mixed reviews to new Hillsborough bus-route overhaul

Speakers give mixed reviews to new Hillsborough bus-route overhaul

TAMPA — Hillsborough’s transit agency heard its first public comment Monday since overhauling its bus network and cutting about 20 percent of its routes last month.A handful of people spoke at the agency’s board meeting, with one praising the new net...
Updated one month ago
New DOT work plan includes $32 million for U.S. 41/SR 54 interchange

New DOT work plan includes $32 million for U.S. 41/SR 54 interchange

LAND O’LAKES — Twenty-one months ago, the Florida Department of Transportation said it was hitting the brakes on planning improvements at a traffic-clogged intersection in central Pasco.Instead, the DOT said it would await recommendations from Pasco ...
Updated one month ago