PRC reaction to 5 day delivery plan: it’s news to us!

The Postal Regulatory Commission apparently didn’t get any advance notice of the USPS plan to cut Saturday mail delivery- here’s the PRC’s statement:

Washington, DC – Today, the Postal Regulatory Commission learned of the Postal Service’s plans for a new Saturday delivery schedule, to be implemented this August. Under the Postal Service’s revised delivery schedule, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Monday through Friday. Packages will continue to be delivered six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Mail addressed to post office boxes will also continue to be delivered on Saturday. Post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.

In March 2011, the Commission issued an Advisory Opinion on a previous Postal Service proposal to largely eliminate Saturday deliveries. The Commission provided a significant analysis of that proposal to modify mail delivery schedule from six to five‐days.

The Postal Service’s announcement today provides only a broad outline of its new Saturday delivery schedule. Thus, the Commission is currently unable to evaluate how the new plan differs from the previous proposal.

The Postal Service states that details of the new plan will be made available to the public in March.