Omaha Public Radio News
Thu September 15, 2011
USPS studying five Nebraska facilities for consolidation or closure
By Katie Schubert
Omaha, NE – Five Nebraska postal facilities are among 252 nationwide being studied for possible consolidation or closure.
The U.S. Postal Service released the list Thursday. It includes post offices in Alliance, Grand Island, Norfolk, and North Platte, and a mail transfer facility in Omaha. The Iowa locations being studied include facilities in Creston and Carroll.
Brian Sperry is regional spokesman for the USPS. He says the proposed closures are due to a significant decline in mail volume. "First Class single piece stamped mail, like the kind you use to pay your bills or send a card to your Grandma, has dropped by 36 percent. And this decline is due to a poor economy and increased digital communications." He says the Postal Service expects the volume of First Class mail to decline 50 percent over the next five years.
Sperry says the USPS is also studying changes to the delivery of First Class mail. Right now, that mail arrives within one-to-three days of being sent. Sperry says that could change to two-to-three days, meaning First Class mail sent locally wouldn't arrive the next day. He says a two-to-three day delivery would allow the Postal Service to realign the mail processing system.
An announcement on consolidations and closures is expected in February or March.