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Gas Prices Up in Metroplex, But Fall Across Texas

The Metroplex is the only area in the state showing a recent increase in retail gasoline prices, and drivers are taking note.

According to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report the average price of gas in Dallas and Fort Worth jumped 6 cents from Wednesday to Thursday.

That is despite a 3-cent drop overall in retail gasoline prices across Texas this week, to settle at $1.84 per gallon.

Gustavo Ramirez filled up in Arlington on Thursday for $1.79 but said he noticed prices at the same station were $1.59 just two days prior. It’s still better than the price of $3.15 paid at the station a year ago Thursday.

A spokesman for AAA said one reason for the increase in North Texas could be because metro areas with higher demand tend to show changes sooner.

Ramirez estimated saving about $100 per month thanks to lower gas prices in the past year, and he used that extra money to buy a new TV. Still, he said he didn’t expect the lower prices to last forever.

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the nationwide average of $2.04 per gallon is down 4 cents this week.

Corpus Christi has the most expensive gasoline in Texas at an average $1.87 per gallon. The travel group survey found Amarillo with the cheapest gasoline statewide, at $1.74 per gallon.

AAA analysts expect state and national retail gasoline prices to remain below $3 per gallon this year, barring major fluctuations in the global price of crude oil.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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