Gas prices up 41 cents in past month

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ATLANTA - The morning commute has gotten more expensive each day for the last 31 days, and prices increased again for Monday.

The new average price for a gallon of gas in metro Atlanta is $3.69, two cents higher than Sunday, and 41 cents higher than one month ago. Many places in Atlanta are inching closer to $4.00.

Pam Tyner said she is used to paying $75 to fill up. Monday morning, she paid $90.

Experts said drivers can blame in the increase on refineries that shut down for maintenance and higher crude oil prices.

“Oh yeah, a lot, I mean, I drive. We don’t have a public transportation system that supports the masses. So, unfortunately, a lot of people have to drive, and with gas prices the way it is, you don’t have a choice,” driver Greg Williams said.

A Mercer University professor told Channel 2 it will be at least a couple months before prices return to normal, and there’s no way to tell how high the prices will go.