Drivers in Manhattan upset about gas prices, while decrease continues in Wichita

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The pain at the pump is mostly gone with gas prices getting lower by the day in most parts of Kansas, impacting drivers and local businesses. But, one Kansas town hasn’t seen gas prices drop at all. 

Gas prices all over Wichita are down, the lowest price KSN found was $1.79 a gallon on E. 47th Street in South Wichita. 

According to Gas Buddy, these prices are the lowest drivers have paid since 2016.

“It seems like every morning for the past week or so, it’s come down,” said Keith Cation, driver. “That just boosts my mood from the get-go.”

The cheaper prices are also impacting businesses. 

Employees at Betts Pest Control drive 14 trucks and travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles every day.

“With the gas prices being lower, of course, we appreciate that,” said Cindy Betts, owner of Betts Pest Control. “That helps us immensely.”

Betts estimates the business will save possibly thousands this month because of the decrease, but doesn’t depend on it sticking around. 

“It is a risk that every business has to incur,” Betts said. “Enjoy it when it’s low and be prepared when it gets high.”

While drivers in Wichita are seeing lower gas prices, there’s places like Manhattan where drivers haven’t seen a decrease at all.

“It’s kind of ridiculous,” said Jacob Schmidt, driver. “It’s been around $2.44 for the past couple of months that I can remember and it hasn’t gone anywhere since.”

According to Gas Buddy, the lowest price in Manhattan is $2.44 a gallon, which is a big difference from surrounding areas. 

“Gas stations within a city tend to compete with each other,” said Lance Bachmeier, economics professor at Kansas State University. “They don’t tend to compete with gas stations in other cities. For whatever reason, the gas stations in Manhattan as a group, haven’t decided to bring down their prices.”

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