USPS looking to reduce hours at Hopkinton locations
HOPKINTON, R.I. —
The U.S. Postal Service is considering reducing hours at two locations in Hopkinton as part of a national effort to reduce operational costs.
The USPS says it's looking to reduce hours at the Hopkinton branch on Main Street and the Rockville facility. The larger Ashaway and Hope Valley branches are expected to stay open.
The USPS measured the number of miles apart from each location.
Within four miles of the Hopkinton branch are three locations -- Hope Valley, Ashaway and Wyoming. There are also three locations within seven miles of the Rockville facility.
A public meeting was held Wednesday for residents to voice their opinions.
One resident NBC 10 spoke with wasn't upset about the idea of consolidating, especially since she'll still have access to her post office box 24 hours a day.
"The mail boxes are great. That's just as easy," she said.
"Many people who came (Wednesday) expressed a desire for home delivery. So we're suggesting that they meet with the postmaster of Hope Valley who will have oversight of the area," said Christine Dugas, representative for the U.S. Postal Service.
The USPS said it's looking to reduce hours in 13,000 of its roughly 17,000 offices nationwide.