Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Ted Budd (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), U.S. Representatives Deborah Ross (D-NC) and Valerie Foushee (D-NC), as well as 110 local businesses sent recommendations to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to begin physical carrier delivery service to the Research Triangle Park (RTP) campus.
The letter from the North Carolina lawmakers is available HERE.
The letter from RTP businesses is available HERE.
The lawmakers wrote:
“The Research Triangle Park is the largest research park in the United States and is home to over 375 companies, 200 start-ups, and 60,000 employees across 7,000 acres… In less than a year, RTP will have added 40,000 square feet of retail space, 125,000 square feet of office space and 350 residential units. Moreover, by 2026, RTP will have 1,200 residential units on its campus with plans for significant additional retail, hospitality, and service industry capacity. Simply put, businesses located in the 27709 zip code need carrier delivery service.”
The RTP businesses wrote:
“Current operations at the RTP post office require RTP organizations to either dedicate a staff person to retrieve mail daily or to retain a contracted courier to do so. These staff and couriers routinely encounter long lines when retrieving mail, requiring significant staff time to collect mail. Additionally, it is not uncommon for pieces of mail to be missing or delayed at pickup. Some days, only third-class mail will be provided. Other times, senders of mail will report that tracking data show mail as delivered, but those pieces will not be in that day’s mail collection…Throughout its history, RTP has been an economic driver for not only our region, but for all of North Carolina. We are proud to call RTP home. And yet, despite RTP’s critical role in maintaining and growing our state and region’s strong economy, we continue to encounter numerous issues with essential postal services.”