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About Danny Pryor

Danny Pryor is a media, content and web developer with a long history in broadcast and print journalism. He is also the executive director of Turnpike Information Company. Danny has earned two awards from the Associated Press for his work in media, including Best Individual Achievement for Large Market Radio in Miami. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Gas Price Report For October 15, 2018

Gas price trend for week of October 15, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices finally did an about-face this week, declining after six weeks of increases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Overall, the nation enjoyed a price dip of more than two cents per gallon, the E.I.A. reported this week, although one key region was still impacted by a significant price increase. Nonetheless, the nation’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fell to just under $2.88.

Prices spiked once more on the West Coast, sans California, as prices pushed nearly a nickel per gallon higher, the E.I.A. price survey showed this week. Elsewhere, prices ticked up slightly in the Rocky Mountain States, while the average driver in the Midwest watched prices fall by well over six cents per gallon, a leading factor this week in the decline of the U.S. average fuel price, according to the E.I.A. report.

For truckers, the news was not so good, but it was not nearly as bad as last week, according to the E.I.A. numbers. Overall, prices nudged up about a penny per gallon to settle just over  $3.39 per gallon, on average.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

10/01/18 10/08/18 10/15/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.866 2.903 2.879 values are down -0.024 values are up 0.390
East Coast (PADD1) 2.794 2.828 2.809 values are down -0.019 values are up 0.339
  New England (PADD1A) 2.857 2.871 2.854 values are down -0.017 values are up 0.274
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.905 2.937 2.914 values are down -0.023 values are up 0.353
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.707 2.745 2.730 values are down -0.015 values are up 0.361
Midwest (PADD2) 2.790 2.822 2.758 values are down -0.064 values are up 0.383
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.593 2.626 2.627 values are up 0.001 values are up 0.365
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.000 2.999 2.982 values are down -0.017 values are up 0.456
West Coast (PADD5) 3.412 3.475 3.494 values are up 0.019 values are up 0.556
  West Coast less California 3.149 3.187 3.235 values are up 0.048 values are up 0.536

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

10/01/18 10/08/18 10/15/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.313 3.385 3.394 values are up 0.009 values are up 0.607
East Coast (PADD1) 3.292 3.360 3.382 values are up 0.022 values are up 0.585
  New England (PADD1A) 3.305 3.344 3.361 values are up 0.017 values are up 0.614
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.447 3.531 3.544 values are up 0.013 values are up 0.618
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.180 3.243 3.272 values are up 0.029 values are up 0.558
Midwest (PADD2) 3.278 3.351 3.351 no change 0.000 values are up 0.594
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.079 3.169 3.172 values are up 0.003 values are up 0.560
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.367 3.390 3.400 values are up 0.010 values are up 0.514
West Coast (PADD5) 3.802 3.866 3.880 values are up 0.014 values are up 0.791
  West Coast less California 3.506 3.558 3.591 values are up 0.033 values are up 0.588
  California 4.038 4.111 4.109 values are down -0.002 values are up 0.950

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

Gas Price Report For October 8*, 2018

Gas price trend for week of October 8, 2018
*Columbus Day on October 8. Report released October 9, 2018.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The cost of gas continued moving higher during the past week, according to the latest weekly fuel price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A.’s regional price report shows the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded is now over $2.90, after moving upward nearly four cents during the past week.

Prices continued to spike on the West Coast, settling over $3.47 per gallon for the average driver in that region, as prices jumped over six cents for the second consecutive week. Drivers in the Lower Atlantic states, facing the potential landfall of Hurricane Michael this week, watched as prices pushed up to nearly $2.75 per gallon. Only drivers in the Rocky Mountain states avoided a price surge, as prices remained flat across that region, according to the E.I.A.

The news was practically grim for truckers, who watched as prices jumped by over seven cents per gallon this week, according to the E.I.A., marking nearly 12 cents in increases in the past two weeks, alone. The national average diesel price is now nearly $3.39 per gallon, according to the weekly price report.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

09/24/18 10/01/18 10/08/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.844 2.866 2.903 values are up 0.037 values are up 0.399
East Coast (PADD1) 2.772 2.794 2.828 values are up 0.034 values are up 0.306
  New England (PADD1A) 2.856 2.857 2.871 values are up 0.014 values are up 0.264
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.906 2.905 2.937 values are up 0.032 values are up 0.336
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.664 2.707 2.745 values are up 0.038 values are up 0.308
Midwest (PADD2) 2.789 2.790 2.822 values are up 0.032 values are up 0.489
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.559 2.593 2.626 values are up 0.033 values are up 0.310
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.014 3.000 2.999 values are down -0.001 values are up 0.457
West Coast (PADD5) 3.350 3.412 3.475 values are up 0.063 values are up 0.528
  West Coast less California 3.131 3.149 3.187 values are up 0.038 values are up 0.474

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

09/24/18 10/01/18 10/08/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.271 3.313 3.385 values are up 0.072 values are up 0.609
East Coast (PADD1) 3.254 3.292 3.360 values are up 0.068 values are up 0.567
  New England (PADD1A) 3.270 3.305 3.344 values are up 0.039 values are up 0.593
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.416 3.447 3.531 values are up 0.084 values are up 0.612
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.136 3.180 3.243 values are up 0.063 values are up 0.531
Midwest (PADD2) 3.218 3.278 3.351 values are up 0.073 values are up 0.613
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.052 3.079 3.169 values are up 0.090 values are up 0.570
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.355 3.367 3.390 values are up 0.023 values are up 0.534
West Coast (PADD5) 3.759 3.802 3.866 values are up 0.064 values are up 0.778
  West Coast less California 3.473 3.506 3.558 values are up 0.052 values are up 0.565
  California 3.986 4.038 4.111 values are up 0.073 values are up 0.945

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

Gas Price Report For October 1, 2018

Gas price trend for week of October 1, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices stopped trickling higher during the past week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, instead flowing freely upward more than two cents per gallon, with stronger surges in key regions. On average, U.S. drivers are paying about $2.87 this week for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to the E.I.A.’s weekly price survey.

Prices spiked on the West Coast, particularly in California, as prices drove more than six cents higher, regionally, and nearly ten cents higher in the Golden State, according to the E.I.A.  In the Lower Atlantic region, drivers watched prices lurch over four cents per gallon during the past week, by the E.I.A. survey. Prices along the Gulf Coast moved upward by more than three cents per gallon.

Nationwide, the news was worse for truckers, by a factor of two. Diesel prices increased by more than four cents per gallon, on average, according to the E.I.A. The national average cost for diesel is now over $3.31 per gallon.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

09/17/18 09/24/18 10/01/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.841 2.844 2.866 values are up 0.022 values are up 0.301
East Coast (PADD1) 2.788 2.772 2.794 values are up 0.022 values are up 0.202
  New England (PADD1A) 2.869 2.856 2.857 values are up 0.001 values are up 0.192
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.929 2.906 2.905 values are down -0.001 values are up 0.252
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.676 2.664 2.707 values are up 0.043 values are up 0.182
Midwest (PADD2) 2.761 2.789 2.790 values are up 0.001 values are up 0.388
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.561 2.559 2.593 values are up 0.034 values are up 0.212
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.014 3.014 3.000 values are down -0.014 values are up 0.433
West Coast (PADD5) 3.344 3.350 3.412 values are up 0.062 values are up 0.437
  West Coast less California 3.127 3.131 3.149 values are up 0.018 values are up 0.408

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

09/17/18 09/24/18 10/01/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.268 3.271 3.313 values are up 0.042 values are up 0.521
East Coast (PADD1) 3.252 3.254 3.292 values are up 0.038 values are up 0.473
  New England (PADD1A) 3.267 3.270 3.305 values are up 0.035 values are up 0.538
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.415 3.416 3.447 values are up 0.031 values are up 0.513
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.135 3.136 3.180 values are up 0.044 values are up 0.432
Midwest (PADD2) 3.208 3.218 3.278 values are up 0.060 values are up 0.531
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.056 3.052 3.079 values are up 0.027 values are up 0.464
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.363 3.355 3.367 values are up 0.012 values are up 0.507
West Coast (PADD5) 3.755 3.759 3.802 values are up 0.043 values are up 0.693
  West Coast less California 3.473 3.473 3.506 values are up 0.033 values are up 0.488
  California 3.979 3.986 4.038 values are up 0.052 values are up 0.856

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

Gas Price Report For September 24, 2018

Gas price trend for week of September 24, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices are trickling higher for most drivers across the United States, according to the latest weekly fuel price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A.’s weekly survey shows the cost of gas moved slightly higher this week, about a third of a penny, on average, but not enough to change the nation’s average gas price, which remains $2.84 per gallon.

Prices by region swung in different directions, according to the weekly survey. Across much of the East Coast, drivers experienced price declines of between one and two cents per gallon. The dip in retail costs was more than two cents per gallon across the Lower Atlantic, according to E.I.A. figures. However, drivers across the Midwest were socked with another stiff price hike, this time nearly three cents per gallon, on average, adding to a spate of weekly price increases in that region.

Diesel prices increased by about a third of penny per gallon, on average, according to the E.I.A. As with regular gas, the national average did not move, remaining at about $3.27 per gallon.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

09/10/18 09/17/18 09/24/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.833 2.841 2.844 values are up 0.003 values are up 0.261
East Coast (PADD1) 2.786 2.788 2.772 values are down -0.016 values are up 0.130
  New England (PADD1A) 2.864 2.869 2.856 values are down -0.013 values are up 0.152
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.928 2.929 2.906 values are down -0.023 values are up 0.205
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.674 2.676 2.664 values are down -0.012 values are up 0.084
Midwest (PADD2) 2.740 2.761 2.789 values are up 0.028 values are up 0.422
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.572 2.561 2.559 values are down -0.002 values are up 0.136
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.008 3.014 3.014 no change 0.000 values are up 0.432
West Coast (PADD5) 3.336 3.344 3.350 values are up 0.006 values are up 0.346
  West Coast less California 3.128 3.127 3.131 values are up 0.004 values are up 0.366

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

09/10/18 09/17/18 09/24/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.258 3.268 3.271 values are up 0.003 values are up 0.483
East Coast (PADD1) 3.246 3.252 3.254 values are up 0.002 values are up 0.443
  New England (PADD1A) 3.255 3.267 3.270 values are up 0.003 values are up 0.508
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.407 3.415 3.416 values are up 0.001 values are up 0.491
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.131 3.135 3.136 values are up 0.001 values are up 0.396
Midwest (PADD2) 3.194 3.208 3.218 values are up 0.010 values are up 0.477
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.039 3.056 3.052 values are down -0.004 values are up 0.428
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.367 3.363 3.355 values are down -0.008 values are up 0.523
West Coast (PADD5) 3.746 3.755 3.759 values are up 0.004 values are up 0.656
  West Coast less California 3.465 3.473 3.473 no change 0.000 values are up 0.465
  California 3.969 3.979 3.986 values are up 0.007 values are up 0.806

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

Gas Price Report For September 17, 2018

Gas price trend for week of September 17, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices continue an upward trek into the waning days of summer, as detailed in the latest figures released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. reports the cost of regular unleaded pushed upward by nearly a penny per gallon, on average, to $2.84. The figures are included in the E.I.A.’s weekly fuel price survey.

Prices were up in all regions, save for the Gulf Coast, where prices fell by over a penny. However, price increases were relatively modest across the East Coast, where many drivers saw prices remain mostly flat. However, the Midwest, with a history of volatile price swings, outpaced the rest of the nation this week, as prices in that region moved more than two cents higher per gallon, on average.

State by state, Ohio and Colorado had some of the strongest price increases this week, the E.I.A. reported. In Ohio, nestled in the heart of the Midwest, prices shot up by about a nickel per gallon. That increase was led in part by strong price hikes across Cleveland, where increases were as much as seven cents per gallon.

Diesel prices increased by about a penny per gallon this week, according to the E.I.A. The average price for a gallon of diesel is now about $3.27.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

09/03/18 09/10/18 09/17/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.824 2.833 2.841 values are up 0.008 values are up 0.207
East Coast (PADD1) 2.775 2.786 2.788 values are up 0.002 values are up 0.097
  New England (PADD1A) 2.855 2.864 2.869 values are up 0.005 values are up 0.129
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.909 2.928 2.929 values are up 0.001 values are up 0.165
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.669 2.674 2.676 values are up 0.002 values are up 0.054
Midwest (PADD2) 2.731 2.740 2.761 values are up 0.021 values are up 0.315
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.549 2.572 2.561 values are down -0.011 values are up 0.096
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.007 3.008 3.014 values are up 0.006 values are up 0.415
West Coast (PADD5) 3.329 3.336 3.344 values are up 0.008 values are up 0.322
  West Coast less California 3.123 3.128 3.127 values are down -0.001 values are up 0.348

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

 

09/03/18 09/10/18 09/17/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.252 3.258 3.268 values are up 0.010 values are up 0.477
East Coast (PADD1) 3.235 3.246 3.252 values are up 0.006 values are up 0.438
  New England (PADD1A) 3.270 3.255 3.267 values are up 0.012 values are up 0.502
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.399 3.407 3.415 values are up 0.008 values are up 0.496
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.114 3.131 3.135 values are up 0.004 values are up 0.386
Midwest (PADD2) 3.191 3.194 3.208 values are up 0.014 values are up 0.465
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.035 3.039 3.056 values are up 0.017 values are up 0.417
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.364 3.367 3.363 values are down -0.004 values are up 0.550
West Coast (PADD5) 3.742 3.746 3.755 values are up 0.009 values are up 0.652
  West Coast less California 3.469 3.465 3.473 values are up 0.008 values are up 0.464
  California 3.959 3.969 3.979 values are up 0.010 values are up 0.800

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

Gas Price Report For September 10, 2018

Gas price trend for week of September 10, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s gas prices pushed higher this week, significantly in some regions, helping jostle the national price average by nearly a full penny, pushing the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded to $2.83, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Prices were up in all regions, but prices moved at twice the pace of the national average across the Central Atlantic, and at more than twice the national average across the Gulf Coast. Prices are detailed in the E.I.A.’s weekly fuel price survey.

Diesel prices increased this week, following in the step of last week’s steep increase in prices; but, this week’s price increase was comparatively tame. The average price for a gallon of diesel, according to the E.I.A., went up little more than a half-penny per gallon, enough to push the rounded-average from $3.25 to $3.26.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

08/27/18 09/03/18 09/10/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.827 2.824 2.833 values are up 0.009 values are up 0.148
East Coast (PADD1) 2.764 2.775 2.786 values are up 0.011 values are up 0.056
  New England (PADD1A) 2.851 2.855 2.864 values are up 0.009 values are up 0.100
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.903 2.909 2.928 values are up 0.019 values are up 0.120
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.653 2.669 2.674 values are up 0.005 values are up 0.013
Midwest (PADD2) 2.760 2.731 2.740 values are up 0.009 values are up 0.199
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.569 2.549 2.572 values are up 0.023 values are up 0.071
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.994 3.007 3.008 values are up 0.001 values are up 0.397
West Coast (PADD5) 3.310 3.329 3.336 values are up 0.007 values are up 0.298
  West Coast less California 3.110 3.123 3.128 values are up 0.005 values are up 0.344

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

08/27/18 09/03/18 09/10/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.226 3.252 3.258 values are up 0.006 values are up 0.456
East Coast (PADD1) 3.219 3.235 3.246 values are up 0.011 values are up 0.417
  New England (PADD1A) 3.267 3.270 3.255 values are down -0.015 values are up 0.494
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.385 3.399 3.407 values are up 0.008 values are up 0.485
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.094 3.114 3.131 values are up 0.017 values are up 0.355
Midwest (PADD2) 3.153 3.191 3.194 values are up 0.003 values are up 0.441
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.004 3.035 3.039 values are up 0.004 values are up 0.392
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.364 3.364 3.367 values are up 0.003 values are up 0.540
West Coast (PADD5) 3.719 3.742 3.746 values are up 0.004 values are up 0.644
  West Coast less California 3.433 3.469 3.465 values are down -0.004 values are up 0.458
  California 3.945 3.959 3.969 values are up 0.010 values are up 0.790

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

Gas Price Report For September 3, 2018

Editor’s note: Due to the Labor Day holiday on September 3, 2018, government figures were released September 4, 2018. This report was written during a holiday week for TurnpikeInfo.com; as a result, the news summary is abridged. Normal coverage will resume next week.

Las Vegas, NV – The nation’s average gas prices settled somewhat lower this week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration; however, prices from region to region were mixed, by the data in this week’s fuel price survey. The E.I.A. reports the current national average gas price is just over $2.84 per gallon of regular unleaded.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

08/20/18 08/27/18 09/03/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.821 2.827 2.824 values are down -0.003 values are up 0.145
East Coast (PADD1) 2.777 2.764 2.775 values are up 0.011 values are up 0.052
  New England (PADD1A) 2.863 2.851 2.855 values are up 0.004 values are up 0.110
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.910 2.903 2.909 values are up 0.006 values are up 0.105
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.670 2.653 2.669 values are up 0.016 values are up 0.013
Midwest (PADD2) 2.730 2.760 2.731 values are down -0.029 values are up 0.192
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.568 2.569 2.549 values are down -0.020 values are up 0.043
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.963 2.994 3.007 values are up 0.013 values are up 0.401
West Coast (PADD5) 3.307 3.310 3.329 values are up 0.019 values are up 0.312
  West Coast less California 3.118 3.110 3.123 values are up 0.013 values are up 0.360

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

08/20/18 08/27/18 09/03/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.207 3.226 3.252 values are up 0.026 values are up 0.494
East Coast (PADD1) 3.207 3.219 3.235 values are up 0.016 values are up 0.450
  New England (PADD1A) 3.261 3.267 3.270 values are up 0.003 values are up 0.547
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.380 3.385 3.399 values are up 0.014 values are up 0.513
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.076 3.094 3.114 values are up 0.020 values are up 0.389
Midwest (PADD2) 3.129 3.153 3.191 values are up 0.038 values are up 0.484
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.981 3.004 3.035 values are up 0.031 values are up 0.420
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.349 3.364 3.364 no change 0.000 values are up 0.566
West Coast (PADD5) 3.706 3.719 3.742 values are up 0.023 values are up 0.698
  West Coast less California 3.423 3.433 3.469 values are up 0.036 values are up 0.538
  California 3.929 3.945 3.959 values are up 0.014 values are up 0.824

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

Florida’s E-ZPass Compatibility Not Easy To Understand

Dueling Agencies Mark Their Territory, Confusing Drivers

Some Florida toll roads will begin accepting the E-ZPass toll transponders starting Saturday, September 1, 2018, the Central Florida Expressway Authority announced this summer. That date comes nearly a near after CFX, which operates the bulk of the toll roads in the Orlando metropolitan area, originally announced E-ZPass compatibility, in November 2017. The original compatibility date of April 2018 was twice delayed, primarily due to administrative issues surrounding collections and remitting of payments, said Brian Hutchings, CFX spokesman. The technology to read the E-ZPass, he said, has been in place for well over a year.

Roadways And Interchanges Only Partly Compatible

However, using E-ZPass in Florida will be tricky, at best, because the compatibility only extends to the Orlando metropolitan area. Even on roads where the E-ZPass will be accepted, key interchanges and roadways will not be compatible with E-ZPass. Adding to the confusion is the reality that sections of some roads will be incompatible, while other sections of the same road will be compatible with E-ZPass.

More confusing, still, is that some interchanges, themselves, will also be only partially compatible. That means drivers can use one set of entrance or exit ramps with their E-ZPass, but not another set of ramps within the same interchange. The compatibility issues are detailed in a compatibility map CFX released earlier this month in an effort to ameliorate confusion.

At one key interchange, where Florida’s Turnpike meets up with the Central Florida Greeneway (State Road 417), ramps from the Central Florida Greeneway to Florida’s Turnpike will not accept E-ZPass, unless you happen to be traveling south on 417 and want to go south on Florida’s Turnpike. If you are traveling northbound on Florida’s Turnpike and want to go north on the Central Florida Greeneway, your E-ZPass will work in that direction, too. But E-ZPass is not accepted on the other ramps of the same interchange. Florida’s Turnpike is operated by Florida’s Department of Transportation, and the Central Florida GreeneWay is partially operated by CFX and, in part, by FDOT.

CFX E-ZPass compatibility map

CFX released the official E-ZPass compatibility map in August 2018, which shows key interchanges, including I-95 and the Beachline Expressway, as well as Florida’s Turnpike at SR 417, are either not compatible with E-ZPass or only partly compatible.

Florida DOT Lacks E-ZPass Agreement

It is a problem, Hutchings admits, the CFX simply can not overcome without help from the state of Florida, which co-operates many key roadways with the CFX, including the Western Beltway, the Beachline Expressway, the Central Florida GreeneWay, and even the smallest segment of the Holland East-West Expressway that connects with Florida’s Turnpike. Thus, the compatibility issues, because Florida has yet to reach an operating agreement with the E-ZPass Group, the governing body for the nation’s largest electronic toll collection network.

Florida had been on the cusp of such an agreement, in part, in early 2017, said Chad Huff, spokesman for Florida’s DOT. The state was on track to begin accepting the I-Pass transponder, used in Illinois but a part of the E-ZPass network. It would have been a first step toward Florida accepting all E-ZPass transponders. However, a series of unspecified issues has delayed implementation for more than 18 months, so far.

A Florida DOT CCTV view of SR 91 at SR 417

This interchange of Florida’s Turnpike and the Central Florida GreeneWay is one example of a junction that is only partly compatible with E-ZPass. Drivers traveling north on Florida’s Turnpike who want to go north on the GreeneWay may use their E-ZPass, but drivers leaving the GreeneWay to go north on the turnpike may not.

Essentially, that means visitors to Florida who are using an E-ZPass will only be able to drive portions of Orlando’s toll roads using their transponders. Main roads, like Florida’s Turnpike, itself, will not be compatible with E-ZPass at all. For roads where E-ZPass is accepted, if a driver passes the wrong mile marker, they will incur a toll violation, unless they have the cash to pay for the toll. The only other option is to buy a SunPass, which is Florida’s toll transponder, but using both transponders, together, can often lead to duplicate charges, as the CFX roads also accept SunPass.

E-Pass Not Compatible With E-ZPass

Another issue, particularly for local drivers in the Orlando area, is that the CFX toll transponder, E-Pass, will not work on E-ZPass roads, even though the E-ZPass will work on some roads in Florida. Again, Hutchings said it is an administrative issue, not a technological one, that has created the snags, a sentiment shared by Florida’s DOT, Huff told TurnpikeInfo.com.

Florida’s DOT, Huff said, had the technology to read E-ZPass transponders and their data in place in 2017. The problem is in reaching the interoperability agreements with the various agencies of the E-ZPass network.

“Developing compatible business rules across agencies takes significant amounts of time,” Huff wrote in an email to TurnpikeInfo.com. “SunPass and the other Florida brands use the same technology and worked out business rules as electronic tolling was being introduced.”

As of this writing, Florida DOT did not have an update of when E-ZPass may be accepted on other Florida toll roads, outside the Orlando metropolitan area.

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Editor’s note: The original version of this story misidentified the E-ZPass Group as the E-ZPass Interoperability Group.

Gas Price Report For August 27, 2018

Gas price trend for week of August 27, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Gas prices ticked up during the past week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in large part due to sharp rises in costs across the Rocky Mountain states and east into the Midwest. As a result, the nation’s average gas price ticked up by about a half penny per gallon to settle near $2.83 per gallon this week.

The E.I.A. fuel price survey, generally released every Monday, shows a three-cent price increase across the Rockies and the Midwest survey regions. Those increases dragged the U.S. average gas price higher, despite one and two-cent price declines across the entire East Coast and Lower Atlantic regions.  

The cost of diesel moved upward by about two cents per gallon, according to the E.I.A. That jump pushed the average price of diesel to about 3.23 per gallon this week.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

08/13/18 08/20/18 08/27/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.843 2.821 2.827 values are up 0.006 values are up 0.428
East Coast (PADD1) 2.803 2.777 2.764 values are down -0.013 values are up 0.427
  New England (PADD1A) 2.882 2.863 2.851 values are down -0.012 values are up 0.463
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.927 2.910 2.903 values are down -0.007 values are up 0.468
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.703 2.670 2.653 values are down -0.017 values are up 0.404
Midwest (PADD2) 2.748 2.730 2.760 values are up 0.030 values are up 0.453
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.586 2.568 2.569 values are up 0.001 values are up 0.413
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.944 2.963 2.994 values are up 0.031 values are up 0.526
West Coast (PADD5) 3.329 3.307 3.310 values are up 0.003 values are up 0.407
  West Coast less California 3.132 3.118 3.110 values are down -0.008 values are up 0.436

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

08/13/18 08/20/18 08/27/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.217 3.207 3.226 values are up 0.019 values are up 0.621
East Coast (PADD1) 3.219 3.207 3.219 values are up 0.012 values are up 0.596
  New England (PADD1A) 3.265 3.261 3.267 values are up 0.006 values are up 0.649
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.387 3.380 3.385 values are up 0.005 values are up 0.627
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.091 3.076 3.094 values are up 0.018 values are up 0.566
Midwest (PADD2) 3.139 3.129 3.153 values are up 0.024 values are up 0.587
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.990 2.981 3.004 values are up 0.023 values are up 0.576
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.358 3.349 3.364 values are up 0.015 values are up 0.647
West Coast (PADD5) 3.714 3.706 3.719 values are up 0.013 values are up 0.809
  West Coast less California 3.425 3.423 3.433 values are up 0.010 values are up 0.627
  California 3.942 3.929 3.945 values are up 0.016 values are up 0.950

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

Gas Price Report For August 20, 2018

Gas price trend for week of August 20, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The nation’s gas prices took another dip during the past week, according to the latest weekly price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. price survey shows the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas fell over two cents per gallon to $2.82.

Prices fell across nearly every region, save for the Rocky Mountains, which bucked the national trend and rose by nearly two cents per gallon. Elsewhere, prices fell across a range from one-and-a-half cents across the West Coast, sans California, to well over three cents per gallon in the Lower Atlantic states.

The cost of diesel trickled down about a penny per gallon, according to the E.I.A., about half the pace of regular gas. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel is now about $3.21 per gallon.

This week’s average fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from www.eia.gov.

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

08/06/18 08/13/18 08/20/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.852 2.843 2.821 values are down -0.022 values are up 0.461
East Coast (PADD1) 2.802 2.803 2.777 values are down -0.026 values are up 0.474
  New England (PADD1A) 2.890 2.882 2.863 values are down -0.019 values are up 0.500
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.930 2.927 2.910 values are down -0.017 values are up 0.476
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.699 2.703 2.670 values are down -0.033 values are up 0.483
Midwest (PADD2) 2.773 2.748 2.730 values are down -0.018 values are up 0.481
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.590 2.586 2.568 values are down -0.018 values are up 0.450
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.924 2.944 2.963 values are up 0.019 values are up 0.509
West Coast (PADD5) 3.342 3.329 3.307 values are down -0.022 values are up 0.421
  West Coast less California 3.146 3.132 3.118 values are down -0.014 values are up 0.477

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

08/06/18 08/13/18 08/20/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 3.223 3.217 3.207 values are down -0.010 values are up 0.611
East Coast (PADD1) 3.222 3.219 3.207 values are down -0.012 values are up 0.590
  New England (PADD1A) 3.271 3.265 3.261 values are down -0.004 values are up 0.645
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.393 3.387 3.380 values are down -0.007 values are up 0.624
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.093 3.091 3.076 values are down -0.015 values are up 0.557
Midwest (PADD2) 3.151 3.139 3.129 values are down -0.010 values are up 0.562
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.995 2.990 2.981 values are down -0.009 values are up 0.573
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.361 3.358 3.349 values are down -0.009 values are up 0.635
West Coast (PADD5) 3.717 3.714 3.706 values are down -0.008 values are up 0.823
  West Coast less California 3.432 3.425 3.423 values are down -0.002 values are up 0.637
  California 3.943 3.942 3.929 values are down -0.013 values are up 0.968

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/