Drive-through postal service arrives in Oakland Mills Facility is 2nd of its kind in the Baltimore District

November 17, 1995|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

Imagine going to the post office and not having to get out of your car to stand in line for a postage stamp.

Come tomorrow, you can stay in your car and use the new drive-through post office service by the Oakland Mills post office at 6801 Oak Hall Road to purchase stamps and money orders, and to mail letters and packages.

The drive-through -- the second in the Baltimore District -- will not ... allow customers to apply for passports or pick up mail.

"We are trying to make it easier for our customers to do business with us and as pleasantly as possible," said Deborah Yackley, a postal spokeswoman. "It'll be a great help."

The single-clerk, free-standing post office can accommodate up to 14 cars at a time, she said. It joins the Baltimore District's first drive-through post office, which opened about a year ago in Bel Air.

That drive-through attracts people from outside Bel Air who don't want to go inside a post office lobby and wait, Ms. Yackley said. "They love it," she added.

At the 10 a.m. grand opening, the first customer to use the drive-through will get a prize. The celebration will continue all day.

Like its postal neighbor, the old-fashioned post office building, the drive-through office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Local postal officials hope the new drive-through will succeed as did the "Stamps by fax" program did when it began a year ago in Columbia. Last month alone, stamps worth about $32,000 were purchased through the fax program, Mrs. Yackley said.

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