I live in a small rural community.
We ALREADY have private delivery. The persons who bring us our mail already are NOT employees of the USPS.
They work for a ‘Private Carrier’ and have NO benefits. I have yet to clearly understand who pays for their gasoline, etc, since they are driving their OWN cars.
Some places we have ‘cluster boxes’. Some places, individual mailbox delivery.
I would support cluster boxes all over the valley to speed things up.
Meanwhile, if they close our local USPS, it is a minimum of 17 miles to the next closest one.
Oersonally, I think the rural post offices could be inside other places of business—like the satellite banks inside the grocery stores.
They could have FEWER employees and not be paying for their brink/mortar buildings.
In the past 7 years, within 35 miles of where I live, there have been 3 THREE NEW USPS buildings built—when the old buildings were just fine.
Most people are familiar with the large tractor trailer operations that say USMail on the side and the back ~ same thing but much larger scale than the guys in the cars and trucks.
I FOUND ONE that was 3 days out and 2 days back.
There's no reason you can't get all the mail services you need from those carriers. Ask them.
Rural Delivery is also provided by USPS elsewhere than your neck of the woods.