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No more mail at your door?



Published: Wed, July 24, 2013 @ 10:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans for generations have come to depend on door-to-door mail delivery. It's about as American as apple pie.

But with the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, the delivery service could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal a House panel was considered today. Curbside delivery, which includes deliveries to mailboxes at the end of driveways, and cluster box delivery would replace letter carriers slipping mail into front-door boxes.

The proposal is part of broader legislation by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, designed to cut costs at the cash-strapped agency by up to $4.5 billion a year. The Postal Service had a $16 billion loss last year.

The agency has been moving toward curbside and cluster box delivery in new residential developments since the 1970s. The Postal Service in April began deciding whether to provide such delivery for people moving into newly built homes rather than letting the developers decide.

"A balanced approach to saving the Postal Service means allowing USPS to adapt to America's changing use of mail," Issa said. "Done right, these reforms can improve the customer experience through a more efficient Postal Service."


Comments

1jeratboy(127 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The majority of the country does not get their mail at the front door.

No excuses about old and handicapped. There are old and handicapped in the townships and they manage.

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2DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

It's ridiculous to pay a postman to walk up and down driveways to deliver mail. Stick a box at the end of the driveway and save the money.

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3southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Who needs mail anyway...it is all junk these days, most bills are sent online.

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