Dual mail route is rare in Medford

I've recently noticed that the mail truck comes to my multi-family mailbox twice a day. I see it around noon and again later in the day. Is one person picking up the mail and another delivering? If that's the case, it doesn't seem very efficient. Maybe the proposed 3 cent increase in stamps is to cover their fuel costs.

— Jasmine, Medford

Jasmine, only a few multi-family boxes in the whole city require two carriers. Yours just happens to be one of them.

"We try to avoid it whenever possible because it's inefficient," said Medford Postmaster Dan Becker.

Unfortunately, he added, there's no way around it. The mail-processing equipment sorts mail by the block. In only a couple locations, addresses from one block share a multi-family mailbox with addresses from another block.

"For example, if one carrier has the 400 block of Main Street and someone else has the 500 block of Main Street and both blocks go into the same cluster box then both mail carriers will have to visit that box," Becker explained.

"It's either that or require customers to put up individual boxes, which wouldn't make anybody happy."

Jasmine, the 3-cent increase in postage stamps is a response to the Postal Service's expected $6 billion loss this fiscal year. Probably not fair to blame it all on the Medford carriers.

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