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UPDATED: Postal Service reveals plan to save rural post offices


The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled new plans to save as many as 3,700 rural post offices once slated to close. The new strategy opens up four options for the agency to use to save $500 million a year.

The agency will first consider cutting back window hours at low-revenue locations leaving access to lobbies and post office boxes for residents. The post office will expand rural delivery, and encourage communities to create Village Post Offices inside retail locations. The final option includes merging some post office locations.

"In America's rural communities the postal service plays and important role," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. "In addition to the role that we play providing a service everyday, we also are part of the social fabric, help shape community identities, a lot of the names of communities are tied to their post office.  And in some communities we're the meeting place, we're where the bulletin board is and that's where people meet everyday.  And we're committed to preserving that role that we play." 

The plan also calls for moving thousands of part-time employees into full-time positions. The postal service will seek regulatory approval and get community input.

The agency has forecast a record loss of more than $14 billion by the end of the year. Without changes, it says losses will exceed $21 billion by 2016.

Click here to see the proposed changes and locations affected.
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