RailAmerica Creates Contract-Switching Unit

RailAmerica, one of the largest owners and operators of small railroads, has launched a contract-switching business to serve industrial customers.

"RailAmerica offers four key benefits to customers in need of a contract-switching provider - extensive experience in railway operations, a strong commitment to safety, rigorous employee training programs and a presence throughout the country," said Jeff Geary, vice president of the new rail-switching subsidiary.

With contract switching, businesses that have a continuous need for railcar handling engage a third-party supplier to move railcars into, out of and within a manufacturing or distribution facility. In addition to railcar switching, RailAmerica Contract Switching Services will offer track maintenance, railcar and locomotive repairs and railcar cleaning.