September 26, 2017 2:00 PM, EDT

Saia to Open LTL Terminal in Maryland on Oct. 16

Less-than-truckload carrier Saia Inc. will open a terminal in Maryland on Oct. 16, the carrier’s fifth on the East Coast this year.

The new building will be in Laurel, Md., about halfway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and home to one of the few truck stops between the two large cities.

“In conjunction with our entrance into Maryland, we’ll also begin offering direct service to the greater New York City and Long Island markets,” Chief Customer Officer Ray Ramu said in a statement. “Since May, customers have responded well to our Northeastern service offering and our new terminal in Laurel will expand our reach and service capabilities further.”

Saia also plans to open a sixth terminal in Allentown, Pa., by the end of the year and another four to five locations in the Northeast in 2018.

Saia ranks No. 28 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.