LOS ANGELES (CBS) — With gas prices up to its highest amount since May 27, more commuters are leaving their cars at home and opting to take public transportation.READ MORE: 'Survivor' Contestant Michelle Yi Stabbed, Beaten In Santa Monica; Woman In Custody
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose Tuesday, increasing 1.2 cents to $4.08.
The average price has increased 15 consecutive days and 27 times in 28 days and is 19.4 cents more than one week ago, 34.3 cents higher than a month ago and 51.6 cents greater than a year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price has spiked 33.8 cents over the past 28 days, including 1 cent on Monday.READ MORE: Shipping Container Crushes Car in Wilmington
Riding the train, rather than driving, keeps commuter Rick Jacob’s wallet from feeling so thin.
“I’m going to San Bernardino,” he said. “So if I were driving there, it would cost me about 60 bucks. But taking the train is gonna make it more economical — less than 20.”
Taking the bus has more fans now, too, since gas prices began flirting with $4 a gallon.
“My car gets 24 miles per gallon,” commuter Chris Serra said. “So by the time I go from my house — I live in La Crescenta — to LA, it’s about that mileage. Instead of paying $5 per gallon, I’d rather just pay the $1.50 for the bus ride.”
Analysts say increasing oil prices and the closure of some California refineries for maintenance are to blame for the rising prices.MORE NEWS: 2020 Was The Second-Driest Year In California History
Crude oil costs account for two-thirds to three-quarters of the price of a gallon of gasoline, according to Tupper Hull of the Western States Petroleum Association, a trade association representing oil companies in six western states.