RailAmerica Reports March 2001 Carloadings

Same Railroad Carloadings Up 4% for Month; 5% Year-to-Date



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from RailAmerica, Inc.

    BOCA RATON, Fla., April 12 /PRNewswire/ --
 RailAmerica, Inc. (Nasdaq: RAIL), the world's largest short line and regional
 railroad operator, today announced that "same railroad" carloadings (including
 intermodal units) for March 2001 increased 4% to 107,115, from 103,127 in
 March 2000.  Year-to-date, "same railroad" carloadings for 2001 increased 5%
 to 309,859, from 293,746 in March 2000.  These totals include RailTex's
 railroad properties in both periods and exclude carloads associated with
 railroads sold by the Company during 2000.  RailTex, Inc. was acquired on
 February 4, 2000.
 
     North American Carloads
     Total North American carloads for March 2001 rose 3% to 77,550, versus
 75,595 in March 2000.  Year-to-date, North American carloads increased 4% to
 228,110, from 219,755 in 2000.
 
     International Carloads
     Total international carloads for March 2001 increased 7% to 29,565, from
 27,532 in March 2000.  Year-to-date, international carloads increased 10% to
 81,749, from 73,991 in 2000.
 
     Historically, the Company has found that carloading information may be
 indicative of freight revenues on its railroads, but may not be indicative of
 total revenues, operating expenses, operating income or net income.  Attached
 is a comparison of consolidated carloadings by commodity group for the month
 and year-to-date as of March 31, 2001 and 2000.
 
     RailAmerica, Inc. (www.railamerica.com), the world's largest short line
 and regional railroad operator, owns 39 short line and regional railroads
 operating approximately 11,000 route miles in the United States, Canada,
 Australia and the Republic of Chile.  In North America, the Company's
 railroads operate in 22 states and six Canadian provinces.  Internationally,
 the Company operates an additional 4,300 route miles under track access
 arrangements in Australia and Argentina.  In March 2000, RailAmerica was
 ranked 103rd on Forbes magazine's list of the 200 Best Small Companies in
 America.
 
                                Table to Follow
 
 
                               RailAmerica, Inc.
                     Carload Comparison by Commodity Group*
                 For the Periods Ended March 31, 2001 and 2000
 
                                        MONTH
        Commodity Group           2001     % of Total      2000     % of Total
 
     Railroad Equipment/
      Bridge Traffic             18,476       17.2%       16,281       15.8%
     Agricultural & Farm
      Products                   15,008       14.0%       14,943       14.5%
     Metallic/Non-metallic Ores  13,003       12.1%       11,972       11.6%
     Intermodal                  10,100        9.4%        8,248        8.0%
     Lumber & Forest Products     8,900        8.3%       10,044        9.7%
     Chemicals                    8,215        7.7%        8,000        7.8%
     Coal                         7,562        7.1%        6,602        6.4%
     Paper Products               6,117        5.7%        6,295        6.1%
     Autos                        4,628        4.3%        4,818        4.7%
     Metals                       4,332        4.0%        4,915        4.8%
     Food Products                3,724        3.5%        3,162        3.1%
     Petroleum Products           3,229        3.0%        2,666        2.6%
     Minerals                     2,816        2.6%        3,358        3.3%
     Other                        1,005        1.1%        1,823        1.6%
     TOTAL                      107,115      100.0%      103,127      100.0%
 
                                     YEAR-TO-DATE
        Commodity Group            2001    % of Total      2000     % of Total
 
     Railroad Equipment/
      Bridge Traffic             56,130       18.1%       50,117       17.1%
     Agricultural &
      Farm Products              43,270       14.0%       42,291       14.4%
     Metallic/Non-metallic Ores  34,193       11.0%       32,075       10.9%
     Intermodal                  30,484        9.8%       23,102        7.9%
     Lumber & Forest Products    25,432        8.2%       27,821        9.5%
     Coal                        22,228        7.2%       18,791        6.4%
     Chemicals                   22,214        7.2%       22,606        7.7%
     Paper Products              17,781        5.7%       18,080        6.2%
     Metals                      12,620        4.1%       13,729        4.7%
     Autos                       12,763        4.1%       14,939        5.1%
     Food Products               10,761        3.5%        9,255        3.2%
     Petroleum Products           9,786        3.2%        6,997        2.4%
     Minerals                     8,273        2.7%        8,545        2.9%
     Other                        3,924        1.2%        5,398        1.6%
     TOTAL                      309,859      100.0%      293,746      100.0%
 
     * Includes RailTex, Inc. railroad properties and excludes sold railroads
       in both periods.
 
 

SOURCE RailAmerica, Inc.
    BOCA RATON, Fla., April 12 /PRNewswire/ --
 RailAmerica, Inc. (Nasdaq: RAIL), the world's largest short line and regional
 railroad operator, today announced that "same railroad" carloadings (including
 intermodal units) for March 2001 increased 4% to 107,115, from 103,127 in
 March 2000.  Year-to-date, "same railroad" carloadings for 2001 increased 5%
 to 309,859, from 293,746 in March 2000.  These totals include RailTex's
 railroad properties in both periods and exclude carloads associated with
 railroads sold by the Company during 2000.  RailTex, Inc. was acquired on
 February 4, 2000.
 
     North American Carloads
     Total North American carloads for March 2001 rose 3% to 77,550, versus
 75,595 in March 2000.  Year-to-date, North American carloads increased 4% to
 228,110, from 219,755 in 2000.
 
     International Carloads
     Total international carloads for March 2001 increased 7% to 29,565, from
 27,532 in March 2000.  Year-to-date, international carloads increased 10% to
 81,749, from 73,991 in 2000.
 
     Historically, the Company has found that carloading information may be
 indicative of freight revenues on its railroads, but may not be indicative of
 total revenues, operating expenses, operating income or net income.  Attached
 is a comparison of consolidated carloadings by commodity group for the month
 and year-to-date as of March 31, 2001 and 2000.
 
     RailAmerica, Inc. (www.railamerica.com), the world's largest short line
 and regional railroad operator, owns 39 short line and regional railroads
 operating approximately 11,000 route miles in the United States, Canada,
 Australia and the Republic of Chile.  In North America, the Company's
 railroads operate in 22 states and six Canadian provinces.  Internationally,
 the Company operates an additional 4,300 route miles under track access
 arrangements in Australia and Argentina.  In March 2000, RailAmerica was
 ranked 103rd on Forbes magazine's list of the 200 Best Small Companies in
 America.
 
                                Table to Follow
 
 
                               RailAmerica, Inc.
                     Carload Comparison by Commodity Group*
                 For the Periods Ended March 31, 2001 and 2000
 
                                        MONTH
        Commodity Group           2001     % of Total      2000     % of Total
 
     Railroad Equipment/
      Bridge Traffic             18,476       17.2%       16,281       15.8%
     Agricultural & Farm
      Products                   15,008       14.0%       14,943       14.5%
     Metallic/Non-metallic Ores  13,003       12.1%       11,972       11.6%
     Intermodal                  10,100        9.4%        8,248        8.0%
     Lumber & Forest Products     8,900        8.3%       10,044        9.7%
     Chemicals                    8,215        7.7%        8,000        7.8%
     Coal                         7,562        7.1%        6,602        6.4%
     Paper Products               6,117        5.7%        6,295        6.1%
     Autos                        4,628        4.3%        4,818        4.7%
     Metals                       4,332        4.0%        4,915        4.8%
     Food Products                3,724        3.5%        3,162        3.1%
     Petroleum Products           3,229        3.0%        2,666        2.6%
     Minerals                     2,816        2.6%        3,358        3.3%
     Other                        1,005        1.1%        1,823        1.6%
     TOTAL                      107,115      100.0%      103,127      100.0%
 
                                     YEAR-TO-DATE
        Commodity Group            2001    % of Total      2000     % of Total
 
     Railroad Equipment/
      Bridge Traffic             56,130       18.1%       50,117       17.1%
     Agricultural &
      Farm Products              43,270       14.0%       42,291       14.4%
     Metallic/Non-metallic Ores  34,193       11.0%       32,075       10.9%
     Intermodal                  30,484        9.8%       23,102        7.9%
     Lumber & Forest Products    25,432        8.2%       27,821        9.5%
     Coal                        22,228        7.2%       18,791        6.4%
     Chemicals                   22,214        7.2%       22,606        7.7%
     Paper Products              17,781        5.7%       18,080        6.2%
     Metals                      12,620        4.1%       13,729        4.7%
     Autos                       12,763        4.1%       14,939        5.1%
     Food Products               10,761        3.5%        9,255        3.2%
     Petroleum Products           9,786        3.2%        6,997        2.4%
     Minerals                     8,273        2.7%        8,545        2.9%
     Other                        3,924        1.2%        5,398        1.6%
     TOTAL                      309,859      100.0%      293,746      100.0%
 
     * Includes RailTex, Inc. railroad properties and excludes sold railroads
       in both periods.
 
 SOURCE  RailAmerica, Inc.