Monday, April 26, 2010
This map from a recent Postal Service presentation illustrates that Phase I of the Flats Sequencing System is heavily concentrated on the East Coast, especially the Northeast. (Click on the map to magnify it.)
More than half of the 100 machines are slated for Eastern Seaboard states, and more than one third are in the megalopolis that runs from Boston to Washington, DC.
The Postal Service is putting the machines into major urban areas, close to the kind of carrier routes that tend to get the highest volumes of catalogs, magazines, and other flat mail. To avoid construction costs, postal officials are also mostly limiting Phase I to buildings having enough excess space to hold the football-field-sized machines.
The end result is that Phase I bypasses such major metropolitan areas as Dallas/Fort Worth, St. Louis, and Seattle. Between the declining volume of flat mail (such as catalogs and magazines) and problems getting the machines up to standard, those areas may never get an FSS machine.
For more information about the Flats Sequencing System, please see: