I have seen many letters complaining about the high gas prices in the metro-est. Here is my assessment and commentary on why they are so high.
I spend all of my time working in agriculture between Interstate 70 on the north to Interstate 57 to the east and south to Pinckneyville. The pricing is based on having a trapped population in the mero-east that primarily commutes west to the St. Louis area. So gas is $2.89 a gallon at a station in Collinsville but going east it begins to drop in the rural small town areas.
On May 29, gas in Pinckneyville was $2.59 a gallon; in Nashville, it was $2.69 a gallon. Usually the cheapest gas is in the Salem/Sandoval area.
If you don’t commute east, the gas folks know they have you trapped in the metro-east and price fuel higher. Only if you can buy gas in Missouri can you get a better price going west due to fuel taxes in Missouri.
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For most people it will not be a savings to drive 50 to 70 miles east one way to save 20 cents to 30 cents per gallon. Look at Gasbuddy.com and you will see what I mean.
That’s my story and I am sticking with it. Happy commuting.