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What do you mean by last mileage route in the country? All rural routes have their mileage measured.
He has the very last M route. Other routes are H, J, and K routes. He says his route is based on 42 hour salary and it doesn't change year to year. Other routes are based on how many hours are driven and reevaluated each year. I don't understand why he calls it a mileage route and the whole thing is very confusing to me. Mileage is 87.5 cents per mile right now btw. The highest it's ever been according to my dad.

As an aside, his father started carrying Jan. 1, 1921 in Buckley Illinois by horse and buggy. He was moved to Martinton Illinois when their carrier was killed by a train with his horse and buggy.
 
   / Postage paid return envelopes #42  
Some people say that, but ever since it’s inception by the founders, it has been a service supported by tax revenues.
On what facts do you base your statement? Tax revenues have never been used with the exception of franked mail and mail for the blind. Franked mail is mail sent out by congressional members.
 
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Curiously, what are H J & K routes? Does the "M" stand for mileage?
I can't answer that without another conversation with my dad, LOL and I'm not really up for that! Check out this conversation about rural route designation though...if you are interested.

 
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I can't answer that without another conversation with my dad, LOL and I'm not really up for that! Check out this conversation about rural route designation though...if you are interested.

Didn't really understand much of the discussion, but there seems to be a lot more behind the scenes on mail routes than I thought! Always thought a mail route was a mail route.
 
   / Postage paid return envelopes #46  
Didn't really understand much of the discussion, but there seems to be a lot more behind the scenes on mail routes than I thought! Always thought a mail route was a mail route.
Same here for me, but it does lend something to my understanding of my postmaster’s comment when she said I had to put up a roadside box for the carrier to get credit. I just wanted package deliveries. Apparently it’s an all or none choice. I opted for a PO Box instead.
 
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Same here for me, but it does lend something to my understanding of my postmaster’s comment when she said I had to put up a roadside box for the carrier to get credit. I just wanted package deliveries. Apparently it’s an all or none choice. I opted for a PO Box instead.
Pay for rural routes are determined by several factors. Among which are mileage, number of deliveries, average number of mailpieces and packages delivered and collected, number of times they have to get out of the truck, etc. Every aspect of the carrier's day is measured. These are all put into a formula to determine how much the carrier is paid for the route. The letter designation is determined by this formula and also tells whether the carrier works 5 or 6 days a week. This is an oversimplification of the process.
 
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A lot of junk mail wants me to reply. If they pay the postage, I will reply.
But sometimes the envelope gets mailed back empty, or with some other junk mail.

My question is, am I helping the USPS stay solvent or am I increasing the burden on them.
Any current or past mail carriers care to respond?
I'd just be careful you don't put anything in there someone could claim they got hurt on. There are eyes everywhere nowadays.
 
   / Postage paid return envelopes #49  
Every aspect of the carrier's day is measured. These are all put into a formula to determine how much the carrier is paid for the route. The letter designation is determined by this formula and also tells whether the carrier works 5 or 6 days a week. This is an oversimplification of the process.
We have 2 carriers on our route. Not quite sure how they divvy it up, haven't detected any pattern as to which one will deliver on a given day. I think one is a floater as I've seen her on other routes too.
 
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We have 2 carriers on our route. Not quite sure how they divvy it up, haven't detected any pattern as to which one will deliver on a given day. I think one is a floater as I've seen her on other routes too.
One is probably the regular carrier and the other is a substitute. The regular is paid the measured amount. The substitute is paid an hourly rate.
 
 
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