RailAmerica, Inc. Reports February 2011 Monthly Carloads

Mar 14, 2011, 17:30 ET from RailAmerica, Inc.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE: RA) today reported that its total freight carloads for the month ended February 28, 2011 were 63,347, down 5.5% from 67,041 in February 2010.  

The Company had decreased shipments in February 2011 in nine out of twelve commodity groups compared to February 2010.  Carloads were negatively impacted by weather, which resulted in temporary disruptions of service at certain railroads.  Much of the decrease was due to shipments of Coal, Agricultural Products, and Metallic Ores and Metals.  Coal declined primarily due to shipments in the Central U.S.  Agricultural Product shipments were down primarily due to lower shipments in the Midwest and Northeast regions.  Metallic Ores and Metals carloads declined primarily due to lower shipments in the Northeast and Southeast regions.  The largest increases were in Pulp, Paper & Allied Products and Chemicals.  Pulp, Paper & Allied Products was up primarily due to higher shipments in the Southeast and Central regions, and Chemical carloads were higher due to increased shipments in the Northeast and Southeast regions.

RailAmerica, Inc. owns and operates short line and regional freight railroads in North America, operating a portfolio of 40 individual railroads with approximately 7,300 miles of track in 27 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.

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                                   RailAmerica, Inc.
                       Carload Comparisons by Commodity Group
                       Month Ended February 28, 2011 and 2010
                                         February            QTD February
                                   --------------------  ---------------------
    Commodity Group                 2011   2010   % Chg   2011    2010   % Chg
    ---------------                ------ ------  -----  ------  ------  -----
    Coal                           12,608 14,847 -15.1%  26,504  28,682  -7.6%
    Agricultural Products           8,851 10,028 -11.7%  19,440  21,882 -11.2%
    Chemicals                       7,551  7,094   6.4%  15,929  14,550   9.5%
    Non-Metallic Minerals and
     Products                       5,717  5,690   0.5%  11,816  10,926   8.1%
    Pulp, Paper & Allied Products   5,484  4,699  16.7%  11,246  10,052  11.9%
    Metallic Ores and Metals        4,754  5,238  -9.2%   9,819  10,313  -4.8%
    Food or Kindred Products        4,242  4,447  -4.6%   8,988   8,949   0.4%
    Waste & Scrap Materials         3,980  4,401  -9.6%   7,841   8,698  -9.9%
    Forest Products                 3,604  3,788  -4.9%   7,005   7,131  -1.8%
    Petroleum                       3,600  3,650  -1.4%   7,711   7,808  -1.2%
    Other                           2,182  2,201  -0.9%   4,458   4,218   5.7%
    Motor Vehicles                    774    958 -19.2%   1,553   1,996 -22.2%
    ---------------                ------ ------  -----  ------  ------  -----
    TOTAL                          63,347 67,041  -5.5% 132,310 135,205  -2.1%

SOURCE RailAmerica, Inc.