U.S. Postal Service Reverses Plan To Close Rural Post Offices

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

The U.S. Postal Service has changed it’s harsh original strategy to cut the number of rural post offices, revealing today the Service is seeking to keep the post offices open with shorter hours.

In a recent briefing, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the mail agency decided to not close up an estimated 3,700 low-revenue post offices, which was scheduled to happen after the 15th of May.

The new strategy promises no post office will be closed, but now over 13,000 rural mail facilities may see times of operation cut down to 2-6 hours a day.

The new plan would give communities a number of options on how they would like to personally handle it. The main options would be to keep local offices open at reduced hours, or close a local post office while keeping a nearby office open full-time. Communities could also have the choice to option for a Village Post Office where mail services could be offered in libraries or local stores such as Wal-Mart or Walgreen’s.

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