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Why are gas prices higher on the Thruway?

You may have noticed gas is more expensive at rest stops on the New York State Thruway.

Pat Taney was asked to look into it for this week’s Good Question report.

It’s a fact: gas per gallon is higher at those rest stops compared to gas stations off the Thruway.

News10NBC found out this isn’t only standard practice, it’s allowed. It’s based on contracts with the state which allow those stations to operate on the Thruway.

Source: WHEC-TV

How much each rest stop station can charge is based on weekly surveys of prices at stations off the Thruway near each rest stop.

The Thruway Authority allows Thruway gas stations to bump prices two cents above the weekly average or one cent below the highest priced survey location —whichever is less.

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