Customers at Dallas Gas Station Paying California Prices

Gas prices rise nearly 50 cents per gallon since the beginning of the year

Gas prices are continuing their steady climb, with customers at one Dallas station paying the same price as drivers in California.

Regular unleaded at the Shell station at Maple and McKinney avenues was going for $4.19 per gallon on Tuesday night.

While prices are going up very quickly, the gas station is one of the most expensive places around to fill up. Most drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth are seeing prices of about $3.69.

But prices have risen nearly 50 cents per gallon since the first of the year.

Experts now expect prices across the country to rise another 20 cents per gallon before peaking at just below $4 per gallon late next month.

There are a lot of reasons for the increase -- everything from refineries switching over to the more expensive summer blends to the fact that some refineries are shut down for maintenance.

The government says there is a growing gap between the price of crude and wholesale price of gasoline.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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