Postal Service Announces Facility Closures, Cost Increases, & Delivery Delays
WASHINGTON DC – Three facilities in the greater Boston and NoBo region are slated to be closed after the cash-strapped US Postal Service said it is seeking to move quickly to close a total of 252 mail processing centers nationally.
The carrier is also slowing down its first-class delivery next spring while first-class mail will also see an increase of 1-cent beginning January 22, 2012.
The changes come as part of a $3 billion reduction in order to avert bankruptcy. An estimated 28,000 jobs are on the chopping block nationwide. Facilities in Boston, North Reading, and Lowell are slated to be closed.
Most users of the USPS will see delays when paying bills by check, sending birthday cards, receiving Netflix DVD’s, prescriptions, and other products by mail as well as those who continue to take part in the lost of letter writing.
Projections predict a record loss of $14.1 billion next year, and officials acknowledge the USPS must cut $20 billion by 2015 to become profictable.