Gas Prices Continue to Rise in Mountain View

Should you fill up now before they go up again? How do you cope?

What will you do about gas prices?

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday the Shell gas station at Rengstorff Avenue and Central Expressway sold a gallon of unleaded gas for a $4.63.

By 1:00 a.m., Friday morning, the price of gas had risen to $4.69—that's a six cent increase in less than 12 hours.

Across California, residents awoke to find that gas prices had increased significantly overnight even by as much as 20 cents in Ventura. The price in Mountain View is higher than the Bay Area average of $4.52, according to AAA.

The sharp rise has been attributed to decrease supply coming out of California's refineries, including the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

If you plan to shop around for gas, here's Patch's handy gas guide.

How will you cope with the increase in prices? Will you drive less? Will you use alternate modes, like a bike? Will you carpool to work?


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Dave Colby (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I filled up Monday night at a 76 station for $4.14/gal. Today, that station's regular gas is $4.48. That's tough on the weekly finances.
commuter October 05, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Caltrain + bike to work. Caltrain is very crowded these days.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Insane! I think I need a raise to pay for these prices! :-)
Claudia Cruz (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I have always shied away from biking around Mountain View because I'm afraid of vehicular traffic, but I think I'm going to invest in a bike this weekend. I'm serious. It's good for the environment, my health and my pocketbook!
commuter October 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Good for you. Mountain View has some good bike routes, though some parts of town are served better than others. I don't think bicycling is any more dangerous than walking, though of course an unfortunate number of pedestrians have been killed in Mountain View this year. You do need to pay attention to your surroundings, especially near intersections, and don't bike too far to the right, which seems to encourage cars to cut you off.
Tim October 05, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Yes, the refinery issues are a problem, but why isn't the State of CA getting the blame here? A couple points... the refineries in this state are old. Environmental nut jobs with the assistance of the legislature have stifled development of new refineries. In addition, CA uses special blended gasoline per CARB (Air Resource Board) regulations. Why the hell won't they temporarily waive these restrictions so we could temporarily import fuel from neighboring states? Remember, crude prices are falling, and gasoline wholesale prices nationally are actually falling. I'm sick and tired of hearing about Big Oil gouging us. The State of CA is gouging us.
Tim October 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Yea, I saw this coming. It hit LA first early this week. I filled up both cars and every gas can I could find. This surge won't last long (although I think 4.14/gal is too high). The ExxonMobil refinery in SoCal is back online now. Prices might spike a bit more over the next few days but they will slowly begin to come back down by the middle-end of next week.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Thanks Tim for your reflections. I was surprised also by the spike because I knew that OPEC had increased supply (because they were afraid people would actually stop refueling their cars due to the high prices) and prices nationwide have dropped. It's insane what's happening.


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