Saturday U.S. Postal service ends in August

The days of Saturday mail delivery will soon be gone, the U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday.

The outside mailboxes at Wilton post office. Letter delivery on Saturdays will cease in August.

The outside mailboxes at Wilton post office. Letter delivery on Saturdays will cease in August.

The postal service plans to transition to a new delivery schedule beginning Aug. 5, 2013. The new schedule includes package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, the postal service said in a press release. The purpose is to generate a $2 billion annual cost savings.

“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 mail habits,” Patrick R. Donahue, postmaster general and CEO, said in the release.

Over the past several years, the USPS has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages. However, recent growth in package delivery (14% volume increase since 2010) and projections of continued strong package growth throughout the coming decade led to the revised approach to maintain package delivery six days a week, according to the release.

Once implemented in August, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Monday through Friday. Packages will continue to be delivered six days a week. Mail addressed to P.O. boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays. Post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.

The Wilton post office is presently open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5, Saturday from 9 to 12:30.

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