Proposed USPS Fix: End Door-to-Door Service
We may end up getting our mail from neighborhood boxes
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2013 7:38 AM CDT
Ohio letter carrier Keith McVey walks his route delivering mail in a neighborhood in Akron, Ohio on Friday, July 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

(Newser) – Rep. Darrell Issa says he has a potential solution to the Postal Service's money problem: Mail carriers could stop delivering your items right to your door. The House Oversight Committee is poised to vote on the proposal—potentially affecting 37 million homes and businesses—today. It could cut costs by some $4.5 billion annually, USA Today reports. Door-to-door delivery costs about $353 per stop each year, while curbside delivery clocks in at $224 and neighborhood cluster boxes at $160, according to the Postmaster General.

"A balanced approach to saving the Postal Service means allowing USPS to adapt to America's changing use of mail,'' Issa says. "Done right, these reforms can improve the customer experience through a more efficient Postal Service." In fact, some new housing developments are already set to see the cluster-box approach, CNNMoney notes. But unions are less than thrilled: "The idea that somebody is going to walk down to their mailbox in Buffalo, New York, in the winter snow to get their mail is just crazy," says a rep for the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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Devo74
Jul 31, 2013 11:24 PM CDT
Hey stop crying the Liberal Democratic Government has to make cuts to keep up with all the food stamps they give everyone and free stuff free cell phones free medical free free free free free free free free free free free until they destroy us all...
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Jul 25, 2013 7:26 AM CDT
Save Kodak! Save telegraph! Save Betamax! Save solar eclipse!
schmidtkoff
Jul 25, 2013 6:53 AM CDT
"The idea that somebody is going to walk down to their mailbox in Buffalo, New York, in the winter snow to get their mail is just crazy," The idea that postal workers should walk in all that snowy icy crap on un-shoveled sidewalks in Buffalo is crazier.