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Will the Postal Service end door-to-door delivery?

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The U.S. Postal Service continues to look for ways to save money, and one proposal could change the way mail is delivered.

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California) has introduced a plan where door-to-door delivery would be replaced with service to curbside mailboxes or neighborhood cluster boxes.

Bob McCutcheon, like many Central Pennsylvania residents, doesn't want his door-to-door delivery to go away.

"It would be a real inconvenience to have to go chasing around to get the mail, wherever it's delivered to," he said.

Katie Peiffer's neighborhood already has cluster boxes. She says sometimes her mail gets mixed up, and other times it's easy to forget to check the boxes.

"Even if it's close by, sometimes you don't go every day and it piles up, and that can be kind of a problem," she said.

As with many things, this could all come down to money. Every year, the Postal Service spends $353 to deliver to just one customer door-to-door. When it come to a mailbox at the curb, the price drops to $224. For an outside cluster box, the price goes down to $160.

Letter carriers said the plan could wipe out 80,000 jobs, but they say it's about more than that.

"Being part of the community, we see them every day and they look forward to seeing us," said Richard Wilson of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

"I've actually gotten into a situation where I called the police," he said. "We came and found the individual had fallen because she didn't pick her mail up for a day or two. Regular carriers notice that."

"Our neighbor is shut-in, and her two points of contact are Meals on Wheels and the mailman," McCutcheon said.

McCutcheon has had the same mailman for years and would hate to see him go.

"Why don't they just stick with what they got?" he asked.

Ending door-to-door delivery would save the Postal Service about $4.5 billion a year.

The proposal is the latest in a long line to help the cash-strapped agency. A plan to get rid of Saturday mail delivery failed.

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