BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A sign of the times.  Forty-one post offices may be closing in Maryland.

Kai Jackson has more.

Several of those Maryland post offices that could close are in the Baltimore area, and that has customers concerned.

Stamps, letters, bills and packages.  Historically, the post office has been the nexus from which Americans move mail across the country and the world.

“This post office gets pretty busy, you know, so I think it would be a big inconvenience if this one shut down,” said customer Linda Silverman.

The postal service has made cuts but apparently they haven’t been deep enough.  Now, the USPS—which lost $8.5 billion last year—wants to close more than 3,600 post offices nationwide.  Ten of them are in the Baltimore area, including Carroll (21229), Druid (21217), Franklin (21223), Hamilton (21214), Market Center (21201), Walbrook (21216), Waverly (21218), Towson Town Center (21204) and Annapolis (21401).

The postal service is also proposing a village post office, which would operate inside retail stores.

“The village post office will be a replacement for the traditional post office,” said Baltimore Postmaster John Budzynski.

“You have to think about the fact that a lot of people can’t get around,” said Lynette Dozier, Dundalk.

Rising cost and dwindling demand has hurt the post office.  So has parcel competition and a high-tech society using email to communicate.

“We’re trying to make sure that we’re being a lean, efficient operation,” Budzynski said.

To see a list of the post offices that could close, click here.

Comments (9)
  1. abrighterlight says:

    Its not a sign of the times, its a sign of extremely poor leadership.

    Pay attention to customers comments and complaints, correct the problems that your customers point out and put right in your lap.No troubleshooting required, weve already done the legwork and indicated where the problems are.

    Instruct your employees on the finer points of common courtesy, or merely improving some of the cruder points would be a good start.

    It takes 10 minutes to prepare a label on the USPS Click and Ship program. It takes 30 seconds on UPS Worldship. Ive taken 20 minutes out of my day on multiple occasions to show you (Postmaster) what needs to be fixed in order to have a functional program thats not only competitive but something that your customers dont dread having to use.

    Dont charge the same price to send a package to Montreal as you do to send one to some Igloo in British Columbia. I understand that it would require someone over there (Postmaster) to take the time to enhance the rate schedules and zoning maps. But thats what your getting paid to do.

    And no need to increase the postage on letters, just make sure that you charge enough to deliver that $6.00 box to the North Pole to cover the $280.00 that it cost to get it there. Or leave and let someone else take over.

  2. WoW says:

    How can you compare The Post Office to UPS?? UPS ships nothing for 50 cents.. UPS and Fedex are both very expensive, that is why they’re profitable… USPS will be missed..

  3. Annie says:

    I hate that program too. Everytime I have to go in to look for someones tracking number it takes me 25 minutes because I can never remember that they have the history folder inside of the “prepare a label” function/folder. Pretty stupid that you have to go through the motions of printing a label to get to the history folder. And when doing a label having to enter the same information multiple times is waste of precious time too. And why not have all of the information windows on one page instead of hacing to click back and forth? if you forget what the weight was that you entered on the first page and you enter a different weight (forces you to enter same info twice on two different pages) on the following page then you get an mystery error with no explanation, so you sit there scratching your head wondering what you did wrong. I hate the online program too.

  4. Mike says:

    They need to close most of their locations as the employees that they have are rude, inept, downright ignorant, and slow as all hell.
    I have actually gone to a post office to get a form for certified mail and was told to go home and order it for free from the internet.
    LAZY POS working at the USPS

  5. Goodbye USPS says:

    The most that I am willing to spend to send something via USPS is 50 cents. If I want to make sure it gets to its destination quickly, and be able to track its progress along the way, I send it via UPS or FedEx. I hate when I order something on-line, and the sender ships by USPS! Whenever I track the package through USPS, it says that the parcel has been received at the post office. This information does not change for several days, as it simply is not updated in a timely manner. I usually receive the package before the tracking information is updated. Of course, by that time, I have given up on the system, and have resigned to just check the mailbox every day for a week and a half. Why even offer a tracking number?

  6. Carol says:

    Once again we see that private enterprise is better than Government…and we want the Government to run healthcare?

  7. Connie says:

    I don’t like the fact that people can order drugs and have them sent UPS and I have seen them drop a box at a house when no one is there, and suddenly some one shows up and picks the box up and drives away.. This is slick drug dealing in neighborhoods/

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