U.S. Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail

Posted at: 02/06/2013 7:54 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- To save money, the U.S. Postal Service says its cutting Saturday mail delivery.

It has, but the plan isn't as black and white as it sounds. We may lose Saturday mail delivery later this year, but the postal service still plans to deliver packages.

This idea of doing away with Saturday mail delivery is understandable for some Rochester residents.

"It's just so rare that I'm looking for something to come in the mail on a specific day, you know if it's a day or two later it just doesn't matter, said Rochester resident, Robert Church.

It definitely matters to the Postal Service. It says the plan could save nearly $2 billion a year.

"I've heard the massive amounts of money that the postal service loses, so anything they can do to make that more efficient I think is a good thing," said Church.

One of the reasons for the move, the Postal Service lost 16 billion dollars last year.

"This announcement today is just one part of much larger strategy to return the postal service to long term financial stability," said Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General.

Local post offices were not allowed to comment, but many of the people we talked to on Wednesday, think it's a step in the right direction.

"The federal government working with the postal system will be able to enhance other areas moving forward because of getting let’s say this burden off their back," said John Kruesel, Owner of John Kruesel's General Merchandise and Auction Company.

"It's tax payer dollars, so I want my tax dollars to be used as efficiently as possible," said Church.

If you have critical mail that you need to get on Saturdays, one option is a P.O. box. You should still have access to those on Saturdays, even after the new Postal Service plan goes into effect.