Congresswomen Ross, Foushee Announce that USPS is Taking First Steps to Institute Mail Delivery Service in RTP

Ross, Foushee express gratitude to USPS and RTP for working together to address mail delivery

December 5, 2023

Today, Congresswomen Deborah Ross (NC-02) and Valerie Foushee (NC-04) confirmed that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will begin taking initial steps to implement centralized mail delivery service in Research Triangle Park (RTP) following calls for action from Ross and members of the North Carolina congressional delegation. 

According to USPS, a final decision on mail delivery in RTP will depend on whether a series of conditions can be met. The Research Triangle Foundation and USPS leaders have begun working together to implement the necessary changes to begin the process to institute centralized mail delivery. The letter response from USPS can be found here.

In September, Congresswoman Ross led Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Ted Budd, Congresswoman Valerie Foushee, and 110 RTP businesses in a letter urging USPS to implement centralized mail delivery service to the entire RTP campus. After decades of growth, RTP has become the largest research park in North America, with 55,000 employees and over 375 companies spread across 7,000 acres of land. Yet, despite its vast size and economic impact, RTP currently relies on a single U.S. Post Office that does not offer mail delivery to the RTP area.

“The Triangle is one of the fastest growing areas in the country and a major economic engine for the region,” said Congresswoman Ross. “As RTP continues to evolve, we must ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support its continued growth and success. I’m grateful that USPS is prioritizing this issue and has begun the formal process to implement centralized mail delivery service on RTP’s campus. After hearing from over a hundred businesses and constituents, I’m confident that RTP will move quickly to meet USPS’s requirements.”

“Home to over 375 companies and 60,000 employees, Research Triangle Park is an economic driver for North Carolina, and these businesses need consistent access to essential mail services to thrive,” said Congresswoman Foushee. “The continued communication between USPS officials and RTP foundation representatives is an important step towards establishing a physical carrier delivery service with Research Triangle Park. This is a significant breakthrough, and I will continue to work to ensure that businesses in RTP get the dependable and operational mail delivery service they deserve.” 

“With cooperation from our Congressional delegation, RTP is heartened to learn that the USPS has begun the initial steps to provide mail delivery service in the Park,” said Scott Levitan, President & CEO of the Research Triangle Park. “With the introduction of the first mixed-use development and requirements of companies in RTP, mail service is critical to the viability of our 375 companies and future residents. We appreciate the collaboration among the delegation, USPS and our companies to achieve this commitment from the US Postal Service.”

In August 2022, Congresswoman Ross and former Congressman Price initially requested that USPS implement mail delivery at the RTP post office. Following a lack of action by USPS to address the issue adequately, the members then joined the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform in demanding action.