- Typical route for your letter
(Times are approximate)
1 p.m.: Drivers leave from Stockton
distribution center to local post offices, pick up mail and return
to Stockton for processing.
4 or 5 p.m.: Drivers return to post offices to
pick up afternoon mail and return to Stockton (your letter goes
17.1 miles and takes 20 minutes to get to Stockton).
7 p.m.: Your letter goes from Stockton to West
Sacramento, where it’s processed again throughout graveyard shift
before heading back to Stockton (112 miles round trip; two hours
and four-minute drive).
5:30 a.m. the next day: Mail goes from Stockton
to Lodi Post Office, where it’s sent to local homes and businesses
(17.1 miles; 20 minutes).
Total travel from Lodi to Lodi: 146 miles; two
hours, 24 minutes.
— Source: Schedule from U.S. Postal Service; mileage from
Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:00 am
Let’s say you live in Lodi and mail a letter to someone else in
Lodi. Did you know that your letter may go farther in a 24-hour
period than you might personally drive in a week?
The U.S. Postal Service began a new system on Monday, which
takes your letter from Lodi to Stockton, up to West Sacramento,
back to Stockton and then to its final destination in Lodi.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:00 am.