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Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Announces

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. How will it affect you?

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly:

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

We asked local residents for comments on the Hillsborough Patch Facebook page, where some are finding a silver lining in this cloud—Mia Murphy noted it will mean "less junk for me to recycle," and Rose Hughes points out there won't be any bills coming in on the weekends.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

Diane Jones February 08, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Could we live without the items delivered on Sat. probably, but the real problems lie with will we get a Monday delivery? Right now our Monday delivery is at dark. Later all the time. The postal workers only work so many hours. Now after the postmaster's excuse of we have so much business mail to deliver, you are lucky you get anything on Monday......that was a few years ago exactly what he told me when I called. Now w/o business mail delivery that makes a lot more mail to the businesses. So I'd like to know that on MONDAY ALL residents will get their mail and not have to wait until after dinner for it. We are a rural delivery, mailboxes at the street curbs, we will be walking down DARK long driveways in all kinds of weather conditions even seniors who are 70-80-90 years old to get their mail. I can see all kinds of excuses coming from the PO mgmt. Now this is to SAVE money in their budgets, but they may have to pay OVERTIME to deliver on Monday. We don't agree to a 4 day mail schedule. Tues-Friday.

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