Preview: What do low gas prices mean for the Philadelphia region?

WEST NORRITON, Pa. >> It’s not exactly 1973 again, but gas prices are currently at their lowest in seven years.

We’ll probably never see 39 cents a gallon one more time — just as we’ll never again see Pink Floyd perform “Dark Side of the Moon” for $6 at the Philadelphia Spectrum on a stopover on the band’s ’73 American tour.

But at the West Norriton Township Wawa in Montgomery County on Tuesday, customers were gobbling up $1.99-a-gallon gas like it was a gift from the past.

Still stuck in the $2.09 zone Thursday were Limerick Wawa; East Norriton Wawa; BP, Sumneytown Pike and Broad Street, Lansdale; and Sunoco, Nutt Road and Main Street, Phoenixville.

Lancaster and Allentown folks weren’t faring much better, with averages at $2.06 and $2.10, respectively, as our New Jersey neighbors reveled in $1.79 prices.

The competitive spirit spreading among gas station owners did not surprise Michael Green, public relations director for the American Automobile Association, which keeps regular tabs on gas prices and posts the daily national and state averages on its website,

Check back this weekend for the full story.

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