Nantucket Gas Prices Surge Above $6 Per Gallon

Jason Graziadei •

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Nantucket gas prices spiked again on Thursday, climbing to more than $6 per gallon at island service stations.
“It’s scary,” said Stan Pavlov, owner of Stan’s Taxi and a representative of the Nantucket Taxi Owners Association.
The island’s taxi rates, which are set by the Select Board, were increased across the board on June 1 at the request of Nantucket’s taxi owners to help them deal with the rising gas prices. But Pavlov said that request was made when gas was $4.90 a gallon.
“It’s a tough situation, and I don’t know what we can do about it,” he said. “Everyone knew when the war started it was going to hit $6 (per gallon). Now we just hope it’s not going to hit $7.”
The taxi owners aren’t the only ones raising their rates in response. Earlier this week, Hy-Line Cruises added a new fuel surcharge of $3 per passenger, per trip, or $6 for a round trip ticket.
“It is dramatic,” Scudder said. “We’ve been absorbing it for months now in hopes that it would stabilize or go down because we hate to pass it along if we don’t have to. But it is so exorbitant now, we can’t afford to keep doing this. We hope things start changing down the road, but I’m not holding my breath for a quick turnaround.”

Statewide, the cost of gas in Massachusetts remains at a record high of $5.05 per gallon.

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