BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday will start community meetings pertaining to the last 45 rural post office locations in Alabama facing a reduction in retail-window hours under a two-year plan.

The community meetings represent the final locations out of 246 total post office sites in Alabama that are affected by the reduction in retail hours under the plan.

As part of the plan that will conclude in September, the agency has scheduled community meetings from June 26 through July 16 for the 45 rural post office locations, which span all parts of the state.