Gulf & Atlantic Railways LLC (formerly RailUSA) has appointed Kristin Bevil as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer.
Bevil will represent the Jacksonville, Fla.-based short line holding company and its 430-mile Florida, Gulf & Atlantic Railroad (FGA) and 228-mile Grenada Railroad (GRYR), which received Honorable Mention in Railway Age’s 2021 Short Line and Regional Railroad Awards program. She served most recently as General Counsel for Pioneers Lines, which she joined in 2019 to assist with managing the company’s 15 short lines from the time of acquisition through divestiture in 2022, when Pioneer Lines was acquired by Patriot Rail Company LLC.
Bevil began her career in Chicago with law firm Fletcher & Sippel, LLC, advising Class I, regional and short line railroad clients in the Midwest. She later served as the first General Counsel for the Indiana Rail Road Company, Railway Age’s 2012 and 2018 Regional of the Year. She joined the regional in 2014 and advised on legal matters, including litigation, governance, regulatory compliance, labor relations and commercial transactions.
Bevil currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association as Vice President, Central Region, and is a member of the association’s Executive Committee.
FGA runs 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 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.