Despite the five-month freeze on mail processing plant closings announced this week, the U.S. Postal Service is pursuing the change in first-class mail delivery standards tied to that proposed downsizing.
That planned change would slacken the existing delivery benchmark–now one to three days–to two to three days. As part of the the same initiative, the Postal Service wants to close more than half of its 461 processing facilities, with the goal of running the remaining plants more efficiently under the new standard.
In a Federal Register notice published today, the mail carrier acknowledges that eliminating the overnight delivery standard for first-class mail will cost it some business, but says the savings will be worth it. You can read all about it here; the public comment period runs until Feb. 13.