Postal Service To Change Delivery Schedule
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Major changes are underway for the U.S. Postal Service.
The agency announced starting in August of this year regular mail delivery on Saturdays will end.
"Our revenues are down, our volumes are down, so this is a way for us to contract our operations and still provide a reasonable service to the American people," said David Rupert, spokesperson for the Colorado postal service .
Mail delivery will be limited to the work week, Monday through Friday. However any package delivery will remain the same, Monday through Saturday.
"We do believe people will understand given our financial circumstances that this is a reasonable thing to do," said Rupert.
"I think it's a good move. It makes sense considering the budget restraint that they're under," said Shaunalee Kronkright, resident.
But not everyone is for the change.
"I like getting the mail on Saturday, I think the solution to the economic problem to the post office is pretty simple; just charge for home delivery," said Brian Tobin, resident.
The postal service says two-thirds of businesses are closed on Saturday, and it's the slowest mailing day. They say it seemed more reasonable to shorten mail delivery and keep delivering packages six days a week.
"By delivering packages on Saturdays, it will take care of medications and a lot of people's commerce things that you order over the Internet. It will also save us $2 billion a year," said Rupert.
The cut is expected to save 45 million hours of employee time annually.
"I don't think it will have that much affect on weekday delivery at all," said Kronkright.
"Mail should be delivered six days a week, it's fun to get mail anytime," said Tobin.
Mail addressed to P.O. Boxes, will continue to be delivered on Saturdays.