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No more shipping

Once, the United States Postal Service used the railway to send mail across the country. Its last train rain in 1977.

Now, ships have gone the way of the railway for USPS's transportation uses. As of Monday, along with the first class rate change, the USPS no longer offers shipping as a way of sending packages.

It's the end of another era.

And the box I mailed yesterday is going to arrive a whole lot faster than it needs to.

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kashmera
May. 16th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
My first thouhgt when I read this was that UPs weren't being very environmentally friendly, but then I don't really know what the green impact of trains and boats would be. I guess its the overall shipping via whatever means that is the problem, and that's up to the customers rather than UPS.
owlfish
May. 17th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Relying only on air transport is less environmentally friendly than using boats - especially for those of us not in a hurry to get packages to their destination. I guess not enough people were using it to justify the infrastructure?
kashmera
May. 17th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
I had this mental image of a well-meaning UPS shooting itself in the foot while trying to be green: "in a bid towards being environmentally friendly, we urge you not to send packages unless they're vital"...
owlfish
May. 17th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Not UPS the company but USPS the governmental agency.
arcana_mundi
May. 16th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm confused. They're no longer using ships for overseas mail? Everything is airmail now?
owlfish
May. 17th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Yep. That's what the guy working at the post office told me.
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