Arkansas Update: Post Offices Off the Closing Lists

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Word comes from Arkansas today that a dozen post offices, as well as a couple of others we'd heard about previously, have been removed from the list of those in the state being studied for closure under the Retail Access Optimization Initiative.  That's brings to nearly a hundred the number of post offices removed from the RAOI (most of them … Read More

The Twisted Logic of the Postal Service: Fewer post offices, and more post offices without a postmaster

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It takes a lot of imagination to destroy an institution as big and durable as the U. S. Postal Service, but the executives in L'Enfant Plaza keep coming up with bold new ideas for doing just that. Today the Postal Service published its “Final Rule” on “amending its regulations to improve the administration of the Post Office closing and consolidation … Read More

Here Come the Closings, Starting with the A’s

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Yesterday the Postal Service announced that twenty-one post offices in Alabama would be closing in November and December, and today there’s word that some in Arkansas are closing as well, so it looks like the Postal Service is working its way through the alphabet.   Next week we’ll probably hear about closings in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  It’s only been a … Read More

Haste Makes Waste: The Hidden Cost of Closing Post Offices

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The vast majority of post offices being reviewed for closure are leased properties, and most of them will have months or years left on the lease when they close.  The Postal Service could run into some serious buy-out costs over the coming year, perhaps close to $100 million. About 250 post offices have closed so far this year, and another … Read More

Post Office Closings: Updated List and Projections

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The pace of post office closings and appeals is picking up, and it’s only going to get worse over the coming months.  If Congress doesn’t do something soon, by the end of the year we’re going to see post offices closing at a rate of several per day. An updated list of the post offices that have closed, been suspended, … Read More

Post Offices removed from the RAOI: List and Map

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The Postal Service is well on its way in the closure process for most of the post offices in the Retail Access Optimization Initiative (RAOI).  Many of these 3,652 post offices have already had a public hearing, and questionnaires are being distributed and other data gathered as part of the process.  Some of these post offices could start closing before … Read More

The Postal Service leaves the driving to us

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Among the issues being examined by the Postal Regulatory Commission as part of its Advisory Opinion on the Retail Access Optimization Initiative (RAOI) plan to close 3,652 post offices is how far away the nearest post office is to each post office being studied for closure.  In its initial presentation to the PRC, the Postal Service provided a chart showing … Read More

Consolidating the processing network: A map view of the AMP plan

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The Postal Service announced this week that it will be studying 251 mail processing facilities for consolidation.  That's in addition to about 40 plants that had already been initiated for study prior to the announcement.  If all of these plants were to close, it would reduce the "area mail processing" (AMP) network by over half.   The Postal Service provided … Read More

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: A List of Lists

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The Postal Service has been producing lists of post offices it wants to close since early 2009, and there have been so many, it’s almost impossible to keep them straight.  Even the experts can get them mixed up. For example, earlier this month, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report for Congress about post office closings called “The U.S. … Read More