Postmaster General: Mail days may need to be cut
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six days of mail a week could soon be a thing
of the past.
The postmaster general says huge deficits could soon force the
post office to cut out one day of mail delivery. He's asking
Congress to lift the requirement that the mail be delivered six
days a week.
It doesn't mean that Saturday would be the day that's lost.
Previous post office studies have looked at the possibility of
skipping another day when mail flow is light -- such as Tuesday.
The post office, which is dealing with smaller mail volume and
rising costs, lost $2.8 billion last year. And Postmaster General
John Potter says the loss could reach $6 billion this year.
Potter says he needs to consider "every option." He says
cutting back delivery to five days a week wouldn't necessarily
happen right away -- adding that the agency is working to cut costs
in other ways.
He says it would be up to the postal governing board to make the
final decision on changing the delivery schedule.