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  1. MapQuest has partnered with Citysearch to bring users rich content about the places in their neighborhood. Reviews, menus, photos and more are now available for select listings. For example you’re looking for restaurants in New York City you’ll notice some new icons on the map. When you click on them you’ll see the details of the business as well as photographs, reviews, menus, offers and a message from the business that highlights their products and services.

    As well, when these specific listings appear within the search results on MapQuest they are highlighted with their name being blue underlined and they have a “more info” link to indicate to the user that we have additional information about the business that you can explore. Also, on the map are large information windows to contain this rich data and a profile page that appears when you click the business name of an advertiser. You can also print this information out and take it with you on new printer friendly pages for directions or just a map of the business.


    We hope you enjoy the new comprehensive data that these specific listings offer to you. Look for more listings in the future!

  2. The popularity of finding cheap gas on MapQuest Gas Prices continues to grow with the never-ending price increases at the pump. About the only thing you like going up on gas prices is our accuracy! MapQuest updates thousands of gas prices every few hours. Due to the high volume of data flowing in from gas stations across the country, we occasionally have a handful of pricing irregularities slip through our data provider’s filter. However, we work very closely with our data providers to try to ensure that MapQuest visitors get current and accurate data. In fact, we update our data seven times a day. Not every station updates their price that frequently so we expire gas prices after 48 hours so that consumers have current information when shopping around for fuel.

    We saw in the news the other day that a station in Carlisle, Pennsylvania had a price that was 60 cents lower than normal. Instead of the normal $3.559, the price was reported as $2.959. I’m sure more than a few MapQuest visitors saw that price and thought, “Wow! I am going to go fill up the tank.” Was there a sale? Was there a radio or television promotion going on? No, unfortunately a processing error occurred and an errant price slipped through the filter and was displayed on the web.

    As some consumers found out after they visited or called the station, the price was not actually 60 cents cheaper. We investigated the pricing issue with our data provider and found out that two transactions that streamed in on April 23rd for this station were misreported. Fortunately, the price corrected itself when the system updated, but for those who saw the lower price it was too late.

    So what’s next? Our data provider ensures us that they will be updating their filter in the next couple of weeks which will greatly reduce the risk of any erroneous prices being reported. We also need your help. If you see an incorrect gas price on our page, visit our help page and send us a note. Also if there’s something on the site that you like or dislike, let us know. We appreciate all the feedback MapQuest Gas Price visitors have given us so far.

  3. When we launched MapQuest Gas Prices last year we were thrilled to see how popular it was with our users. People love being able to not only find gas stations in their area, but also find the cheapest prices – a pretty useful feature these days. Since then, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback that we’ve used to make some great improvements to the site.

    Here’s a list of a few of the new features:

    Gas Price Calculator – Just enter your Trip Distance, your car’s Miles per Gallon and the Cost per Gallon of the gas station you picked from the site. Hit calculate and you’ll quickly get the approximate cost of your trip.

    Alternative Fuels – Now you can easily find a station nearby that has the type of alternative fuel your car needs. Even if you don’t have a car that runs on alternative fuel, you might be curious to see where you could find it.

    Expiration on Gas Prices – We update our gas & diesel prices up to 7 times a day, but not every station sends in updates everyday. Any price older than 48 hours no longer shows up in your search results.

    If you’re an existing user, you’ll notice the changes and we hope you are happy with them. If you are new to MapQuest Gas Prices, go to the site at http://gasprices.mapquest.com and check out the prices in your area!

    If you’d like to find out more, go to the Gas Prices About page.