Some mail delivery is going to slow down – what it means for you – PennLive

FILE – In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb. The U.S. Postal Service will slow down some first-class mail delivery starting Oct. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
The United States Postal Service took action in March that is going to start having an impact on your mail on Oct. 1.
Mail traveling within a local area, which it defines as within a three-hour drive between origination and destination processing – will still be delivered within two days, the postal service said.
But mail “traveling the greatest distances will be most affected, with a day or two of transit time added for some First-Class Mail and Periodicals.”
The action is being taken in part to reduce the postal service‘s reliance on air transportation, which is more costly. The move is part of a plan to cut $160 billion in predicted losses over the next decade.
The postal service said the action “will increase delivery reliability, consistency, and efficiency for our customers and across our network.”
“We’ll make better use of our trucks and existing surface network to move the mail, relying less on costly air transportation. By improving service reliability and increasing efficiency, we can keep costs at reasonable levels and help keep postage rates affordable for our customers.”
The postal service said that overall, 70% of first-class mail will be delivered within one to three days.
Sixty-one percent of first-class mail and 93 percent of periodicals will “keep their current service standards.”
The cost of a first-class forever postage stamp increased in August from 55 cents to 58 cents.
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