Rural post offices across the country will remain open but with shorter hours. The announcement came today during a news conference where Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the decision comes after wide concerns from rural residents who opposed the closing of thousands of post offices.
The U.S. Mail processing plant located at East Texas Center, just north of Tyler, will soon be shutting down and moving operations to Shreveport, La., Austin and Coppell, according to a release from the U.S. Postal Service.
Facing huge budget shortfalls, the United States Postal Service has proposed solutions including closing hundreds of post offices and eliminating Saturday deliveries. Now it may be considering jacking up the price of stamps, too.
Email and other electronic transactions have caused a dramatic drop in the volume of snail-mail and its associated revenues — so much so that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery.
It’s a move that could save the United States Postal Service as much as $3.1 billion a year.
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