That sharp decline continues the trend that began in the third week of May when prices here briefly topped $4 a gallon. Average prices, The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder reports, have dropped 33 cents a gallon in about three weeks.
That average Tuesday morning was $3.69 a gallon in the Tacoma area.
Price leaders were two Arco stations, one at North 11th and Pearl streets and the other at 11908 Pacific Ave., and the CFN station at Puyallup and Portland avenues that are all selling unleaded regular for $3.49 a gallon.
Two Arco stations in the Olympia area, are the price leaders in Thurston County with regular selling for $3.55 a gallon. Those two stations are located at 7291 Martin Way E. and 10222 Martin Way E.
In Federal Way, the least expensive gas, $3.55 a gallon, is available at a 76 Station at 33520 21st Ave. SW.
Nationwide, gas prices have stabilized at an average of $3.63 a gallon, the same as this time last week. The cheapest gas on average is available in South Carolina where the price is $3.21 a gallon. Hawaii, as usual, has the nation’s most expensive petrol, $4.27 a gallon. The 50th state is immediately trailed by four states in the upper Midwest, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin, all of whom have average gas prices in excess of $4 a gallon.
Washington ranks 41st on the list of states based on average gas prices low to high. The state average price Tuesday was $3.79 a gallon.