Md. gas prices climb toward $3 a gallon heading into holidays

December 07, 2010|By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun

The average price of gasoline in Maryland has climbed to a two-year high, mirroring higher prices at the pump nationwide, according to a report Tuesday from AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The nonprofit automotive travelers association noted that the rise in gasoline prices could discourage travel during the holiday season. In Maryland, the average price climbed to $2.98 a gallon, while prices in Cumberland and Hagerstown have already surpassed the $3 mark, AAA Mid-Atlantic said.

Nationally, the average price of gasoline was $2.96 a gallon, a 777-day high.

Rising gasoline prices come at an unusual time of year --- AAA Mid-Atlantic said consumers have never paid $3 a gallon around Christmas time.

A year ago, prices at Maryland gas stations averaged $2.61 a gallon, the organization said.

The organization attributed the higher gasoline costs to a two-year high in the cost of crude oil.

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