Transport Corporation of America Appoints New Member to board of Directors


MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, July 22, 2004 Transport Corporation of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:
TCAM), today announced the appointment of Thomas R. McBurney to its Board of Directors.

Mr. McBurney has held his present position as President of McBurney Management Advisors, a management
consulting firm, since 1990. From 1968 to 1989, Mr. McBurney held various positions with The Pillsbury
Company, and ultimately held the position of Executive Vice President and Chairman, US and International
Foods. Mr. McBurney is also a director of Valspar, Inc., Wenger Corporation, Meritex Enterprises, Inc.,
Greenspring Companies, and several fund boards of American Express Company.

"We are excited to welcome Tom to Transport Americas board," said Michael Paxton, Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer. "Tom is a seasoned executive who will provide insight that will help guide Transport
America going forward. We welcome his vast boardroom experience and expertise and his commitment to our
shareholders interests.

About Transport America
Transport Corporation of America, Inc., based in the Minneapolis - St. Paul metropolitan area, provides a wide
range of truckload freight carriage and logistics services to customers in the United States and Canada.
Transport America focuses on providing time-definite and other responsive services through its team of
dedicated and committed employees supported by state-of-the-art technology and information systems.