Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Announces

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

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday morning announced 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 in Swissvale and Wilkinsburg 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.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75 percent) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

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

Joe Schneider February 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
This is a travesty. Even worse is that the postal service is profitable when you eliminate the onerous compelled pre-funding of its retired workers'healthcare passed by Congressional privatization zealots.
Harold Elliot February 07, 2013 at 04:42 AM
I don't see it as a travesty. 5 days of first class mail is usually pretty good for me. These days I use email for stuff I need to send right away. Plus, when I lived in the Pittsburgh side of Regent Square, our whole neighborhood was pretty certain our mail man took at least one unauthorized day off per week (I can understand not getting mail every Tuesday, but the entire block not getting any mail every Tuesday?)
Harold Elliot February 07, 2013 at 08:26 AM
Don't forget that Pittsburgh's entire fiscal problem revolves around the difficulty in paying retirement/healthcare costs for its retired municipal employees. Its not such a bad idea to have a plan to pay/cover the retirement expenses of an aging workforce. Like Bill Clinton says, its the math. While it may hurt in the short term, getting a handle on future expenses is vital to everyone's success. If we left it to Congress to fix these messes we'd really be neck deep. By the time we're done with the nest 4 years of Obama leadership we should be OK so long as Congress gets on board with a real plan for America.


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