Local taxi drivers react to gas prices

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in more than five years. The average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Massachusetts is $2.26 per gallon, about a $1.20 less than what you paid this time last year.

Sandra Marsian, of the AAA Pioneer Valley told 22News, “The national average is about $2.13 cents. So we’re about a 10 cent difference between the national average but compare to where the national average is to last year it’s also about a $1.20 price difference.”

AAA says that it doesn’t have a huge impact on people’s decision whether to travel, but that fuel saving adds up everyday for cab drivers. The standard rate to hitch a cab in Springfield is $2.50 then it’s 30 cents every eighth of a mile. Cab drivers 22News spoke with on Monday said the lower gas prices are helping their bottom line.

Edward Renaud has his cab 24 hours a day 7 days a week and when he totals his costs, these lower gas prices can mean for an extra 30 bucks a day. “It’s been actually really good to me in terms of the gas prices going down. At one point I was paying $65 to $70 a day just to fuel up and now I’m down to about $40 to $45 a day just to fuel up,” Renaud said.

Constantly being on the road, Renaud and other taxi drivers are keeping a close watch on where they can get the cheapest gasoline. Connecticut’s regular average gas price is about $2.47 and New York is $2.62.

Click here for the 22News Pump Price Patrol to find the lowest gas prices in your area.

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