USPS plans to end Saturday service to RFD customers

USPS plans to end Saturday service to RFD customers

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No more Saturday delivery beginning in August. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced last week it plans to end Saturday mail delivery beginning during the week of Aug. 5, 2013.

The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented, according to a press release. That’s good news for an agency that lost $15.9 billion in the last fiscal year.

“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”

On the Vineyard, RFD customers will be most affected. Packages will continue to be delivered six days per week. Mail addressed to PO Boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays. Post Offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.

Rep. Bill Keating said he did not agree with the decision, made without consulting Congress. “I am very concerned that Postmaster General Donahoe unilaterally canceled Saturday mail delivery. Without question, there are changes needed within the USPS, but cancelling Saturday service is just one more challenge for citizens to receive mail and for letter carriers to retain jobs,” he said in a press statement emailed to The Times. “With the continued consolidation of post offices across the country, we are slowly eliminating a fundamental service that our government provides to its citizens.”

Comments

  1. jeepers, rep keating..we need to save money…the saturday delivery really will have no impact..monday delivery is fine….as far as loss of job…let there be a transition as staff retire, just don’t refill…

  2. that’s assuming that our actual mail got delivered to our actual box on Saturdays…

  3. I have a box so going to the PO on a Saturday is not a big deal. Basically, all the rural delivey people will have to pick up their packages on Saturday but have delivery Mon – Fri. That to me is not a big deal since I go to the PO every other day. Rep Bill Keating, fundamental services being eliminated well I have a list for you: EBT cards, grants, banking regulations, etc. We provide many services to a minority of “citizens” which need to reviewed.

  4. MR.KEATING,CONGRESS HAS KNOWN ABOUT THE PROBLEMS THAT THE USPS HAVE BEEN FACING.QUESTION,WHAT HAS CONGRESS DONE TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS?

    1. Answer to your excellent question: Zero. As a matter of fact, Congress has made every effort to impede the PO from operating as a business…while requiring them to do so.