Postal Survey conducted by the Office of State Senator Gustavo Rivera
Results of Survey Regarding Proposed Post Office Closures & Post Office UsageBackground
Due to budgetary constraints, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is closing post office locationsthroughout the country. A total of 17 locations in the Bronx, New York were targeted for closure, includingtwo locations in the 33
Senate District, theBotanical Gardens Post Office at 2963 Webster Avenue and VanCott Post Office at 3102 Decatur Avenue . The survey of post office usage and how individuals would cope with post office closures was conducted dueto concern that these closures would have a profoundly negative impact on the Bedford Park/Norwoodcommunity. This area is home to a sizeable population of elderly residents, who would be disproportionatelyimpacted by the closure of both of the post offices in their neighbourhood because they may not have theability to travel to alternative locations.The main goal of this project was to assess
the proposed closing of the post offices would affect thecommunity, as well as
would be affected. In order to assess public opinion toward the proposed closingof the Botanical Gardens and Van Cott post offices, a total of 60,590 surveys were mailed to residents of the33
District. In total, 1,171 surveys were returned. Approximately one-third (34.8%) of respondents beingBotanical Gardens and Van Cott customers.
The Van Cott and Botanical Gardens are used frequently, with 39.7% of respondents saying they visit once aweek and
21.1% of respondents saying they visit daily
Visitors to Van Cott and Botanical Gardens use the post offices for typical mail-related tasks, such as mailingletters and packages and purchasing stamps.
However, over two-thirds (69.5%) visit their local post officein order to purchase money orders to pay bills as well as rent. This is an important service for individualswithout checking accounts.
Walking was by far the most common mode of transportation to the Van Cott and Botanical Gardenspost offices (85.2%)
, followed by bus (6.5%), and car (4.7%).
The majority (57.2%) of Van Cott and Botanical Garden users surveyed said that they would not be ableto travel to an alternative post office.Number of participants with the ability to travel to another post office (Botanical Gardens & Van Cott only).