First, we lost Saturday mail. Now, door-to-door delivery may be a thing of the past.
In an effort to cut costs for the US Postal Service, Congressman Darrell Issa is proposing the postal service should do away with door-to-door delivery and shift over to curbside service combined with neighborhood cluster boxes. The proposal would affect about 37 million residences and businesses.
The Postal Services spends roughly $30 billion annually on mail delivery and lost about half that amount in the past year alone. It does not receive federal assistance, and only gets revenue from postage sales, delivery services and other products.
The Postmaster General’s office estimates the door-to-door deliver costs an average of $353 per year per household, Curbside delivery averages $224 per year, and cluster boxes just $160 per year. Issa said in a statement:
“A balanced approach to saving the Postal Service means allowing USPS to adapt to America’s changing use of mail. Done right, these reforms can improve the customer experience through a more efficient Postal Service.”
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has been seeking flexibility in the way the Postal Service delivers mail, even suggesting cutting Saturday delivery — which drew strong criticism when it was proposed last year.
The National Letter Carriers Association opposes ending six-day delivery and is against ending door-to-door delivery, claiming it would hurt jobs
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