In its latest plan to save money, the U.S. Postal Service said it might just have to “make snail mail slower,” as the Washington Post puts it. Its latest proposal unveiled Thursday involves shutting down 252 mail processing facilities out of a total of 487, which would involve eliminating 35,000 positions. The closures would likely mean the end of overnight delivery for first-class mail as a letter would take two or three days to be delivered rather than one to three days, notes CNN.
“We are forced to face a new reality today,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement. “Maintaining a vast national infrastructure is no longer realistic.” The closings could save the Postal Service as much as $3 billion a year as it continues its effort to cut annual costs by $6.5 million.