Chairman Connolly Pushes Postal Service for Answers on Poor Delivery Service to Growing North Carolina Research Park
Washington, D.C. (October 17, 2022)—Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy seeking information on the poor delivery service in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park (RTP). The letter follows an initial request made by Rep. David Price and Rep. Deborah Ross in August 2022. After decades of growth, RTP has become the largest research park in the United States, with 60,000 employees from 300 companies spread across 7,000 acres of land. Yet, despite its vast size and economic impact, RTP relies on a single U.S. Post Office that does not offer even basic services like delivery to the RTP area.
“As the pandemic made abundantly clear, the U.S. Postal Service is a vital resource for American businesses of every size and industry,” said Chairman Connolly. “That’s true for my district in Northern Virginia and it’s true for Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Without full access to USPS services, including delivery, RTP is forced to operate with one hand tied behind its back. I’m proud to join my friends David Price and Deborah Ross, two fierce champions of North Carolina’s businesses and workers, as they continue their push for answers on the stark lack of postal infrastructure available to this critical piece of their state’s economy.”
“The Research Triangle Park is a key driver of economic growth in our region, but lacks the postal infrastructure needed to keep up with the demand,” said Rep. Price. “As the members representing this region, Congresswoman Ross and I will continue to work to solidify consistent mail service for our constituents in North Carolina, and applaud Chairman Gerry Connolly's attention to this issue.”
“North Carolinians depend on fast, reliable mail delivery every single day—from getting important medications to exercising their right to vote,” said Rep. Ross. “As one of the fastest growing areas in the country and a major economic engine for the region, the Research Triangle Park needs speedy, efficient mail service to ensure we meet the needs of our businesses and constituents. I thank Congressman Price for working with me to ensure the post office on Alexander Drive has the resources it needs to keep up with growth in RTP, and I appreciate Chairman Connolly’s work elevating this issue. I look forward to the Postmaster General’s response.”
In his letter, Chairman Connolly requested information about how the Postal Service plans to address the personnel shortages and lack of delivery services at RTP and whether it has explored locating additional post office buildings or resources throughout the region to ensure better service.
Click here to read the letter.