2010 Sustainability Report
Leaner | greener | faster | smarter

Our network | Transportation fuel

Letter carrier fueling delivery vehicle

Washington, DC, Letter Carrier Michael Bryant fueling his delivery vehicle.

USPS serves more than 150 million delivery points, along 230,000 routes, six days a week. To collect, transport and dispatch this mail, we operate the world’s largest civilian fleet, more than 215,000 postal vehicles, logging 4 million miles a day. We also use more than 42,000 additional contract vehicles.

In FY 2010, the USPS petroleum fuel bill for all postal-owned and contracted transportation — street, highway and air — totaled $1.7 billion for more than 650 million gallons.

We closely watch the price of fuel, and continually explore ways to drive our routes in a more fuel- and cost-efficient manner. Less fuel consumption means lower operating costs and less business risk as fuel prices rise.

But reducing our petroleum dependency is more than risk and cost management for the Postal Service. It’s about honoring our social and environmental responsibilities as a leading 21st century business. After all, less fuel used means less greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes, which benefits the environment and makes the air we breathe cleaner.