Lighter Volume Leading to Changes in Postal Routes

By Peter Ambrose

Lighter Volume Leading to Changes in Postal Routes

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 9, 2009 at 8:11 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The U.S. Postal service is reviewing its city routes and changing some of them to save money.

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,

A postal service spokesman for the Indiana District says the only noticeable change for customers might be in delivery times.

The Indiana district includes about 670 post offices and about 2,700 urban routes covering all but a part of southern Indiana.

Spokesman Al Eakle says the economic downtown affects the Postal Service just as it would any enterprise because businesses have reduced mailings to cut expenses. So far this new year, the volume of mail is down 15 percent in Indiana from the same period last
year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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