Post offices will remain open Saturdays and package deliveries will occur on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.
“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”
Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.
A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed that, “three-out-of-four Americans (75 percent) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”
A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were OK with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.
Here are the hours for post offices around the area:
- Joliet: 2000 McDonough St., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
- Joliet: 51 E. Clinton St., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday
- Romeoville: 315 W. Romeo Road, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
- Plainfield: 14855 S. Van Dyke Road, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
- Lockport: 1059 E. 9th St., 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday
- Minooka: 301 W. Mondamin St., 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
- Channahon: 25150 W. Channon Drive, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday
How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?
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