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For RailUSA, New Name, ‘New Phase of Growth’

Published on 3/2/2023 by Railway Age

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor

RailUSA, an independent freight railroad and rail services management company, has unveiled a new logo and name: Gulf & Atlantic Railways LLC.

The company reported on March 1 that it has relocated to Jacksonville, Fla., and will continue to oversee the Florida, Gulf & Atlantic Railroad (FGA) and Grenada Railroad (GRYR), which received Honorable Mention in Railway Age’s 2021 Short Line and Regional Railroad Awards program. Railroad operations will not change, according to Gulf & Atlantic Railways LLC.

“We are taking a long-term approach that is heavily focused on investing in our team’s safety and well-being, as well as the integrity of our facilities,” Gulf & Atlantic Railways LLC President and CEO Ryan Ratledge said. “While the RailUSA name and brand date back only a few years, we want a name and logo that is unique to us and our new phase of growth.”

FGA runs on 430 route-miles of track running east-west along the Interstate 10 corridor between Baldwin and Pensacola, Fla., with a branch line that extends from Tallahassee, Fla., to Attapulgus, Ga. It interchanges with CSX at Baldwin and Pensacola, Fla.; AN Railway at Chattahoochee, Fla.; and Bay Line Railroad at Cottondale, Fla.

GRYR operates on 280 miles of track in central Mississippi. Running north-south along the Interstate 55 corridor between Canton, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn., it is able to interchange with six Class I railroads (BNSF, CN, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific). The railroad recently received 286,000-pound gross weight on rail certification, following three years of multi-million-dollar construction and rehabilitation projects.