The cost of commuting in Southern California continues to rise as gas prices topped the $4 mark Monday for the first time since late May.
In L.A. County, prices rose three cents on average about 25 cents more than a week ago, 42.9 cents greater than a month ago, 27.1 cent higher and has risen nearly 67 cents since the start of the year.
On Monday, the gas was listed at $4.39 a Chevron at 1400 Mission in South Pasadena while the lowest price in the city was at nearby Arco, 736 Mission Street, with a listed price of $3.95.
Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager, said the alarming increase is a result of diminished supply primarily caused by unplanned maintenance issues at the Chevron and Marathon refineries in Los Angeles County and the absence of imported gasoline.
Average gas prices, based on AAA information:
LA County: $4.12; Orange County: $4.09; Ventura: $4.08; Riverside: $4.03; San Berardino: $4.04
While gas prices in Southern California continue to rise sharply, they fall throughout the rest of the country. GasBuddy reports the national average is down two cents, currently costing consumers $2.65 per gallon.