Postal Service to consolidate area routes

East Texans can expect a change in the time they receive their mail as early as next month.

Plans are in the works to consolidate postal routes through all of East Texas, McKinney Boyd , a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in the Dallas and East Texas areas, said Thursday.

The U.S. Postal Service is reviewing all its city routes and changing some of them to cut costs because mail volume is dropping during the recession.

“We expect no disruption of service,” Boyd said. “We know for a fact that some customers will receive mail earlier than before, and some will receive mail later than before.”

When the postal service consolidates routes, it adds to either the beginning or the end of another route, Boyd said.

“This is all part of our effort to improve our efficiency,” he said.

Mail volume fell by more than 9 billion pieces nationally during the 2008 fiscal year, Boyd said.

“We’re required by Congress to provide universal service at an efficient price,” he said. “In order to do that we have to maximize our staffing. One of the ways we do that is by adjusting routes.”

Rather than laying off carriers, the Postal Service is offering early retirement, he said.

Nationwide, the changes are expected to affect as many as 50 million addresses on 85,000 urban routes. Rural routes already get reviewed each year.

Route reviews began last month, and officials expect them to be completed by the end of February.


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