USPS Backs Off Its Plan to Close Rural Post Offices

Bending to strong public opposition, the US Postal Service decided on Wednesday to cancel its plan to close thousands of rural post offices after May 15 and proposed keeping them open, but with shorter operating hours.  Originally, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe had planned to shut down approximately 3,700 low-revenue post offices.  However, law-makers and business owners in these rural areas pleaded with the Postmaster General, stating that these cuts designed to save the Federal Government money would hurt their communities the most.  In recent weeks, rising opposition had led Donahoe to visit some rural areas in an attempt to ease fears about cuts that could slow delivery of prescription drugs, newspapers and other important services.

No post office will be closed, although more than 13,000 rural mail facilities could see reduced hours of operation, taking place after a review process that is expected to take several months. An additional 4,000 rural post offices would keep their full-time hours.

While we won’t be seeing a large amount of Post Offices disappearing yet, the uncertain future surrounding postal deliveries means we could be seeing an increase in private delivery companies in theUS.  If you are a delivery company, or a company that offers delivery services, GbBIS has all the information and tools you need to plan and design the most efficient delivery routes.  Our accurate postal data means we can supply your business with a map of USPS Carrier Routes and ZIP Code boundaries to help you design your delivery routes to match the routes of the Postal Service.  GbBIS can even create custom postal geographies such as ZIP+1 and ZIP+2 boundaries to help you map all your delivery points with a level of detail and precision appropriate for your business and application.

With an extensive library of data including postal geographies, demographics, and proprietary information, GbBIS can provide you with all the information you need to create optimal delivery routes.  Whether you need a statistical report, a web application, a map, or a database for your own mapping software, GbBIS provides you with the information your business needs to succeed.

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