The all-time record in Wailuku, Maui was set just yesterday at $4.987, nearly 3 cents more than today's average. We’re speculating, but that probably is the all-time record for a metro area in the United States as well. The closest we could find in a quick review of the AAA site is $4.814 in Juneau, Alaska in 2008.
Maybe the lever pullers behind Hawaii’s “Curtain of Aloha” just couldn’t bear to see gas go to $5 per gallon and pulled back in their unseen and mysterious ways. Statewide, the average price for regular gas today is $4.567, down from yesterday and nearly 3 cents below the record price of $4.594 reached last Friday.
Mandatory observation in this rail-related blog: The higher the cost of driving one’s personal automobile, the more attractive public transit becomes. Long-term, that attraction will grow, a view with near-universal agreement.