The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week.
In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about $2 billion annually.
The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points _ package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010. The delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.
Commuters in Downtown New Orleans had a mixed reaction to the decision to stop most Satruday deliveries.
Some people want to keep mail delivery six days a week:
"They need to cut costs somewhere else, not on delivery."
"I hope they change their minds."
Others said they can live without getting mail in Saturday:
"I can wait 'til Monday."
"Privitize the Postal Service. Business has a better way of running that would be more efficient than government."