Postal Service cancels test mail program for northern Alaska communities

Published: Jan. 16, 2019 at 9:47 PM AKST
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The U.S. Postal Service has scrapped a pilot program that aimed to find cheaper ways to deliver goods and mail to northern Alaska communities.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the Postal Service had planned to launch the program Tuesday and operate it for a year.

The service had partnered with Lynden Transport Inc. to use multiple modes of transportation to make bypass mail and non-priority mail deliveries to the North Slope hubs of Deadhorse and Utqiagvik (oot-kay-AH'-vik).

It's unclear why the pilot program was canceled.

Postal Service Alaska spokesman Brian Sperry says the program has been withdrawn and is no longer being pursued. He says he could not elaborate on the reasons why.

A spokesman for Lynden Transport did not respond to questions about the program.