The Price of Gasoline Is Always on People’s Minds

By Kyra Mayo, Moon News Cloud Contributor

The price of gas changes almost every day, with some of those changes seemingly happening in the dark of night. And as they do, people are likely to say, “I remember when gas was 99 cents a gallon.”

Gas prices haven’t been at that level in many years. And they won’t be ever again.

In Moon Township and throughout Pennsylvania, gas is now well over $3.50 per gallon.

Gas stations in Coraopolis and Moon are not far from one another. Being a high traffic area, University Boulevard in Moon Township has a total of four gas stations all along a stretch between the old airport and the entrance to Robert Morris University. On a recent day, despite their proximity, gas prices were a bit different. Giant Eagle’s GetGo was the most expensive.

Stations try to woe customers with promises of free gas, and the four University Boulevard locations all do. It’s not hard to understand why many people pay attention to those offers.

According to the National Resources Defense Council, Americans spent a record $481-billion on gasoline in the past year.

“I don’t even think about what I spend at the store. I’m just concerned with meeting that $50 mark to get my 10 cents off of gas,” said Kaelynn Foltz.

For many people, $50 dollars for 10 cents is a good trade off. For others, not so much.

“I don’t even worry about gas perks. I just go wherever is cheap. I drive to Robinson if I have to,” said former Robert Morris student Tora Rudy.

“I think gas is so expensive here because of the airport and all the businesses that are coming in,” Rudy said.

The rise in gas prices allows car companies to promote more economically friendly vehicles, a big help for the many dealerships located on University Boulevard and elsewhere.

But that hasn’t meant lower gas prices, even for those unhappy with the high prices in Moon.