USPS plans to end Saturday service to RFD customers

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.”