The United States Postal Service released a list of 3,700 post offices that are being targeted to be closed in its next round of cutting costs. Among those listed in the 3,700 post offices closing are several Pittsburgh area post offices. With 900 local post offices near Pittsburgh, a list including 14% of the offices, or 126 Pittsburgh accessible post offices to close is quite significant.
Among those post offices closing are 10 Pittsburgh post offices closing. Included in this list is Pittsburgh locations in Sharpsburg, Allegheny, Uptown Pittsburgh, Brookline, Bellevue, Gateway Center, Fourth Avenue, and Hazelwood. The Pittsburgh limit itself houses 46 post offices, and with near 10 directly within those limits set to close, over 21% of Pittsburgh post offices closing.
Tad Kelley is a Pittsburgh Post Office Spokesman and spoke on the closing of Pittsburgh post offices. When closing a Pittsburgh post office, walk-in revenue is a heavily weighted factor. Walk-in and foot traffic for Pittsburgh post offices are big revenue sources and contribute highly to the success of the branches.
While any closing of a store or branch is a tough decision in the current U.S. economy, especially with Pennsylvania having 7.6% unemployment (seasonally adjusted), closing a branch is still a business decision. Closing stores will cut costs to the USPS and maintain the universal service throughout the United States.
Many post offices across the nation, and post offices in Pittsburgh are within 1 mile of each other, a reminder of an era when post offices had more business and before FEDEX and UPS were delivering packages, taking a large cut from USPS revenue.
Business decision or not, there are currently 11,000 postal service workers in the Western Pittsburgh district. While no permutation of offices have been officially announced to be closed yet, in the past 10 years, the postal service nationwide was reduced its workforce from 800,000 employees down to 600,000, meaning heavy cuts are likely in Pittsburgh post offices.
Decisions regarding the closing of these Pittsburgh Post offices will be finalized in December. No final decision has been made yet and an appearance on the list does not guarantee its closing. When the USPS offices close private delivery service providers tend to pick up the pace.