USPS cancels test mail program for northern Alaska

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The US Postal Service has canceled a test program for northern Alaska aimed at reducing the cost of delivering mail.

The Postal Service was working with Lynden Transport to use ice roads in winter and boats in the summer to deliver mail to the North Slope hubs of Deadhorse and Utqiagvik.

According to the Alaska Journal of Commerce, the program was set to launch Tuesday and run for a year.

It is unclear why the program was canceled.

Postal Service Alaska spokesman Brian Sperry says the program has been withdrawn and is no longer being pursued.

He said he could not elaborate on the reasons why.

Lynden Transport did not respond for comment.