Good Question: Why are gas prices higher on the Thruway?

July 22, 2019 10:42 AM

NEW YORK (WHEC) — You may have noticed gas is more expensive at rest stops on the New York State Thruway.

Pat Taney was asked to look into it for this week's Good Question report.


It's a fact: gas per gallon is higher at those rest stops compared to gas stations off the Thruway. 

News10NBC found out this isn't only standard practice, it's allowed. It's based on contracts with the state which allow those stations to operate on the Thruway.

How much each rest stop station can charge is based on weekly surveys of prices at stations off the Thruway near each rest stop.

The Thruway Authority allows Thruway gas stations to bump prices two cents above the weekly average or one cent below the highest priced survey location —whichever is less.

"Fuel prices at Thruway Travel Plazas are intended to be regional, and are based on the average of selected off-road fuel stations," a Thruway Authority spokesperson told News10NBC. "Averages are taken at least once per week at a minimum of four off-road fuel stations per region." 

"Gas prices at Thruway Travel Plazas take effect at the beginning of the day shift on the day after a survey is conducted" the spokesperson added. "Surveys are conducted between 6 a.m. and noon."

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