Carrier Routes Data#

A Carrier Route is a designated geographic representation of a group of addresses that are served by each postal carrier to facilitate an efficient mail delivery within specific regions, whereby address delivery points are converted to polygonal areas for each route. For effective mail delivery, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) provides a unique 9-digit code to a specific group of mailing addresses known as a “carrier route.” This route is a means to divide a geographic region into smaller sections to speed up the delivery process. The routes are defined by a address locations, a specified set of zip code boundaries and census block information. Using carrier routes with the combined use of route planning and optimization can make the delivery process faster, easier, and more efficient.