On behalf of Representatives Deborah Ross (NC-02) and David Price (NC-04), the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) 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 Representatives Ross and Price 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 basic services, including delivery, to the RTP area. 

“North Carolinians depend on fast, reliable mail delivery—from getting important medications to exercising their right to vote,” said Congresswoman 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.”

“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 Congressman 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.”

“There are 400 companies in RTP that employ 60,000 North Carolina residents,” said Scott Levitan, President & CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation. “The Research Triangle Foundation of NC is building a $2B town center, HUB RTP, that will house over 2,500 new residents. RTP does not receive mail delivery and the condition of the RTP post office and service levels at the pick-up window provided by the USPS are untenable. We appreciate the efforts of the offices of Representatives Ross and Price to elevate these service issues to resolve.”

In this letter, the Committee 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.