|Gas prices in Fort Thomas remain 20-30 cents higher than nearby gas stations as of Thursday afternoon./FTM file|
But how does Fort Thomas compare to the rest of the Tri-State in seeing decreased gas prices?
Turns out, not great.
As of two days ago, the national average for gas prices stood at $2.55/gallon. And as for Fort Thomas's primary gas stations -- namely the BP station at Highland and Grand and the Marathon station at N. Fort Thomas and Memorial -- remain (slightly) below that national average.
But a quick look at WCPO's current gas price map will give a quick indication of how the urban center of Northern Kentucky measures up to gas prices across the region:
Notice how Northern Kentucky, specifically the cities of Covington, Bellevue, Dayton, and Fort Thomas, are coated in red. A closer look shows Fort Thomas specifically:
|Source: WCPO (click to enlarge)|
That's compared to an average of $2.35/gallon in Bellevue, Dayton, and Newport. $2.35/gallon is the price currently offered at the Speedway on 10th St. and Monmouth, one of the closest to Fort Thomas.
Now, some might say that this isn't exactly news. And FTM is still in the process of investigating why Fort Thomas gas prices have perennially been some of the highest in the region.
As far as Covington goes, the higher prices make sense in a supply-and-demand sense: Covington butts up right against the I-71/75 corridor. Highland Heights' proximity to I-275 might also explain their tendency to higher gas prices right now.
But what exactly continues to keep Fort Thomas gas prices hovering above our neighbors here in Campbell County?
Stay tuned as FTM continues to investigate.