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  PRESS RELEASE
October 11, 2010
Saia Honored for Excellent Safety Record

JOHNS CREEK, GA - Oct. 11, 2010 - Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is pleased to announce that it was honored with two awards for its exemplary 2009 safety record at the American Trucking Association (ATA) Safety Management Council's recent Safety and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition held in Rogers, Ark.

"This level of recognition is not a coincidence," said Saia President and CEO Rick O'Dell. "We are very proud of all of our drivers and their dedication to the company's safety programs."

Saia took first place honors in the "General Commodities LTL/Local" category for companies driving 50 to 100 million miles. In addition to this award, the company placed third in the "General Commodities LTL/Linehaul" category for companies driving over 70 million miles.

Among other initiatives, Saia's commitment to safety includes intensive, ongoing employee training, use of the Iteris Lane Departure Warning System and Eaton's VORAD Collision Warning System, and participation in the ATA's Safety Council.

"These safety awards are considered to be the most prestigious in our industry," O'Dell said. "We are thrilled that the hard work of our employees has been recognized again by the ATA. Safety is Saia's number one priority. We believe that nothing is more important than the safe-being of our personnel and the driving public."

The ATA is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. The ATA's National Truck and Industrial Safety Contests are the only two national safety programs that recognize the extraordinary safety accomplishments of motor carriers across the United States by operation type and size. The ATA, through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States. For more information, visit www.truckline.com.

About Saia, Inc.

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is a less-than-truckload provider of regional, interregional and guaranteed services covering 34 states. Saia is home to the industry-leading Xtreme Guarantee product, which guarantees total customer satisfaction from pick-up through invoicing. Saia offers complete North American coverage through partner agreements. With headquarters in Johns Creek, Ga., and a network of 147 terminals, the carrier employs 7,200 people. For more information on Saia, visit the Saia Website at www.saia.com.

For more information, contact:
Jeannie S. Jump
Saia Corporate Communications Coordinator
Phone: 770-232-4069
E-mail jjump@saia.com