The Postal Service is in trouble and that is not fresh news. There has been talk of cutting services, drastically raising prices, there have been post offices closed and more expected to close. Congress has not come to the rescue and today another nail was driven in and it will impact Indianapolis.
Executives from Indianapolis International Airport announced today that the US Postal Service will vacate the spot it has held at Indianapolis International Airport and close its airmail shipping hub. The action will not have a massive impact on unemployment as the activity at the facility has long been on the decline.
In the late 1980’s, the 43 acre US Postal Service Express Mail Hub, was constructed and air mail service relocated to the Indianapolis Airport.
As the Postal Service struggled to keep up with other sources of shipping, the airmail hub struggled as well.
By 2002, FedEx was flying all of the postal service air mail, and little was happening at the USPS hub. No planes were flying in and out and the site had become a spot for loading and unloading trucks.
The Postal Service lease expires at the end of 2012 and it is expected that the site will be vacant before the end of the year.
The expiring lease should be considered an opportunity and airport executives announced today that they were immediately beginning to search for one or more new tenants for the facility which could mean jobs for some Indy residents, jobs that were never coming with The Postal Service as the tenant of that building.
The US Postal Service may not only be leaving Indianapolis International Airport, it may cease to exist.
The United States Senate has been struggling all week with what action to take to keep the Post Office from going under for good. The options appear to be a taxpayer bailout, a restructuring, or no action at all.
The Postmaster General has imposed a May 15th deadline on Congress and says if no action is taken, 200 mail distribution sites will be closed, and other cost cutting actions will be set in motion.
Indianapolis does have one of those processing centers and closing that facility would have an impact as workers would be let go.
If the Postal Service were a private business, it would probably be a memory by now, but it is a government service.
There will be action from Congress, the post office isn’t going away, but the question as to at what cost to tax payers? That is what we should be keeping an eye on.