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Rural Post Offices Cut Back On Hours To Save Money

The U.S. Postal Service says the reduction in hours will help offices avoid closure.

Marengo Post Office

Photo: Cindy Seigle (Flickr)

The Marengo Post Office is reducing its open hours from 8 to 6 hours per day.

Rural post offices around Indiana are significantly reducing the number of hours they are open each day. The move is part of a national effort to cut back on the US Postal Service’s cost while maintaining service in rural communities and avoiding facility closures.

121 post offices will be affected in the state. Most are currently open eight hours a day, but some will soon be open as few as two hours a day due to the USPS’s budget crunch .

USPS spokesperson Mary Dando says the two-year plan is a way to keep the offices open while still cutting costs.

“We estimate that we have a savings of half a billion dollars from this, so this is a way that we can continue to serve our customers especially those in rural areas,” Dando says.

The Postal Service is still looking into cost-saving measures. Those include contracting with local businesses to create what are called Village Post Offices within an existing storefront, as well as offering early retirement packages to some postal service workers.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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