Postal Service Plans to Update Its Closure List
The Postal Service will provide on Wednesday an updated list of facilities to be considered for possible closure, according to a letter sent Friday to the Postal Regulatory Commission. The list is sure to be scrutinized by impacted communities and lawmakers who have already criticized the Postal Service for its handling of the closure process.
The list will identify the final collection of postal stations and branches to be considered for closure or consolidation. Earlier this summer, the Postal Service provided lawmakers with a list of 677 possible sites for closure. That number has since grown to 750 after further evaluation of eligible sites, according to Friday's letter. Despite that high number, Postal officials privately suggest the final list will likely number around 200.
Postmaster General John Potter would not commit to a specific number of sites set for closure, when asked earlier this month. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) later criticized Potter for not providing specifics, saying Congress needed more information before moving forward with legislation to address the Postal Service's financial woes.
| August 28, 2009; 9:09 PM ET
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