July 24, 2013

Cost-cutting option: Phasing out door-to-door mail delivery

By Andrew Miga / The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service wants to end door-to-door delivery for new homes in favor of curbside service and neighborhood cluster boxes.

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A U.S. mail carrier delivers mail in Los Angeles. The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service may consider phasing out door-to-door delivery.

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A House panel is considering legislation that would take that one step further, phasing out door-to-door delivery for nearly all Americans.

The proposal is part of a broad reform effort designed to cut costs at the cash-strapped agency by up to $4.5 billion a year. The Postal Service had a $16 billion loss last year.

In a change the postal service began in April, people moving into newly built homes will receive curbside or neighborhood cluster box service.

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