Filling Up and Topping Off: A Look At Gas Stations

Nov 13, 2012

On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, announced the end of gas rationing in his state.

But two weeks after Sandy hit, it’s still hard to find gasoline in parts of the tri-state area. A rationing system is still in effect in New York City and parts of Long Island. So, what happened? Why aren’t we able to get enough gas to the places that need it?

Well, the answer is part of the complicated puzzle that surrounds our gas-driven transportation system. Like, why are gas prices so different from town-to-town and state-to-state? Why are there so many different blends of gas?

And when it comes to prices - is it the local service station owner who benefits from gas at $4.50 a gallon?

Today, we’ll fill up on gas stations - how they work, how they don’t and how they might change for the better.

Join the conversation - we’d especially like to hear from you if you have gas-emergency stories from Sandy in Connecticut or New York.