BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The U.S. Postal Service will reduce hours at 58 post offices in Massachusetts as part of a widespread cost-cutting plan.

The Postal Service originally wanted to close thousands of rural post offices across the country after May 15.

List: Mass. Post Offices With Reduced Hours

But that plan was scrapped because of strong public opposition.

Instead, the new strategy to reduce hours is expected to save the agency about $500 million a year.

Some rural post offices in Massachusetts will be open just two hours a day once the changes are made. Most will be cut to four or six hours, down from the current eight.

The Postal Service reported quarterly losses of $3.2 billion from January to March of 2012. It brought in $16.2 billion, but expenses were $19.4 billion.

The agency has also proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery and reducing health and labor costs, but that has to be approved by Congress.

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