Government: Agencies the Postman's New Wheels

Agencies the Postman's New Wheels

America's posties will soon be getting new wheels. The U.S. Postal Service disclosed last week that it will buy a fleet of modernistic aluminum vans from Bethpage, N.Y.-based Grumman to replace the familiar red-white-and-blue AM General Jeeps and trucks that deliver mail on U.S. streets. The $1.1 billion contract, the largest vehicle purchase in Postal Service history, calls for 99,150 new vans to hit the road between 1987 and 1993.

Postal officials decided in 1982 that a larger, sturdier vehicle was required because of the increased volume of mail and the longer distances between delivery points. The vans have twice the...

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