The post office already operates on a hub-and-spoke model for the most part; it's much more efficient and allows computerized sorting to be done reasonably and inexpensively. Any sort of RPO set-up with on-board sorting would be, in comparison, a huge cost sink. First class mail already has went down to a two day standard for local mail (instead of next-day) because the USPS wants to have all mail go to the large sorting centers to be processed instead of having smaller local processing centers. I don't see any reason why the USPS would reverse course on that and start having RPOs again. Maybe the USPS would start contracting with Amtrak again to move some first class mail in a point-to-point fashion, but even then unless Amtrak starts carrying baggage cars full of mail I don't see it being efficient for the USPS to try and use Amtrak as a middle-mile solution for transporting mail.
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Posted 02 January 2018 - 04:13 AM
jebr is correct. Local POs would have to sort mail and bar code mail that could go onto trains. They don't do that anymore except mail handed to a clerk.. As well someone has to be on duty to meet midnight trains.
Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:08 PM
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Posted 02 January 2018 - 08:11 PM
Additional clerks at each PO would only make loses worse. Now if a postage reduction for bar coding zip codes could run through optical scanners then maybe ? That way only mail to a RPO would go. And with onle one train on most routes a day anything over 6 hours from RPO would go to regional sort center.
Edited by west point, 02 January 2018 - 08:13 PM.
Posted 03 January 2018 - 02:15 PM
We'll have letter delivery forever.
But it's not going to be a high-volume business.
Railroads thrive on high-volume business, and do badly on low-volume businesses.
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