Gas prices are going up again, and transit agencies nationwide are trying to get drivers to try public transportation for a change.
The average for regular in Washington state was $3.96-per-gallon Thursday morning, which is 14-cents higher than a year ago and 28-cents above the national average.
- Seattle-Bellevue-Everett: $4.01 ($3.85 last year)
- Tacoma: $3.98 ($3.76)
- Olympia: $3.98 ($3.79)
- Bremerton: $3.98 ($3.82)
- Bellingham: $4.08 ($3.87)
The bump in price is partly caused by turmoil in Iraq and the Middle East, where much of the world's oil reserves are located.
Nationwide gas prices hit a six-year high and are likely to remain up this summer, according to the AAA.
In response, transit agencies in Western Washington are banding together to support a national campaign called “Dump the Pump.” Over the next month, eight agencies from Kitsap to Snohomish County will sponsor a series of community events aimed at helping people explore travel alternatives.
King County Metro says with the economy picking up, transit ridership is growing this year.
Events planned for Dump the Pump include:
- June 19 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Olympia Farmers Market
- June 25 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tumwater Farmers Market
- June 29 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Yelm Farmers Market
- July 16 - 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Lacey In Tune Concert, Huntamer Park