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Gas Prices Skyrocket, Force People To Use Train

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

For the fourth day in a row California broke the state's record on gasoline prices.

The only good news, analysts say that the rise seems to be losing momentum.

According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California reached $4.67 Tuesday.

That was an increase of just 0.3 cents overnight.

What's the answer to these high gas prices?

For Coarsegold resident, Darlene Martinez who has a business in Merced, it's the train.

Darlene Martinez says, "I got the round trip ticket for $26.00, and it usually cost $46.00 in gas both ways, so it's half the price."

With the average price in Fresno hovering around $4.61 a gallon, how bad are we compared to the rest of the state?

According to Tuesday's AAA fuel gauge report out of the top 25 cities, Fresno ranks 17th, Merced is 16th at $4.62.

Visalia-Tulare is the 11th worst at $4.66 a gallon.

The worst price in the state is along the California coast in San Luis Obispo at $4.75 a gallon.

Energy analysts blame the spike in prices on a perfect storm of supply disruptions that began with the August 6th fire at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, a key piece of the state's petroleum.

Is there any relief in sight?

The California Air Resources Board did grant Governor Brown's request to switch early to cheaper winter grade fuel.

The idea is to flood the market with gas to bring down the prices.

But as we know gas prices shoot up a lot faster than they do going down.

Consumer Calvin Moore says, "Hopefully it gets here on time and brings the prices, at least by 50 cents but you know that's not going to happen."

It's not only a supply and demand issue for California.

The state has its own regulations for producing gasoline.

California lawmakers made it so we can not import gas on short notice, and we are not connected to pipelines serving other states.

On top of that, California has some of the highest taxes and fees.

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