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U.S. Postal Service revises plan for branch closures

May 17, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Pacific Business News - The U.S. Postal Service has revised its plan to close thousands of small post offices in rural communities, and instead will keep them open with reduced hours.

The Postal Service also said last week that it plans to offer early retirement incentives on a voluntary basis to tens of thousands of employees across the nation.

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahue said the plan to keep the rural post offices open with reduced hours, combined with the early retirements, would save $500 million per year, although that would not be enough to cover the agency's shortfalls.

The Postal Service had previously identified four Hawai'i locations for closure: Nu'uanu Avenue in Chinatown, the Kapolei station on O'ahu, the Hanamaulu office in Lihue on Kaua'i and the Kalaupapa office on Molokai.

Other plans, such as to eliminate Saturday delivery and slow the delivery of first class mail, are reportedly on hold as Congress considers alternatives.



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