Heartland Express, Inc. Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

Heartland Express, Inc. Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa, Sept. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors
of Heartland Express, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTLD) announced today the declaration of a
regular quarterly cash dividend. The $0.02 per share dividend will be paid on
October 2, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on
September 20, 2013. A total of approximately $1.7 million will be paid on the
Company's 85.0 million shares of common stock. This is the Company's
forty-first consecutive quarterly cash dividend. With the payment of this
dividend, the Company will have paid a total of $441.7 million in cash
dividends, including three special dividends since the dividend program was
implemented in the third quarter of 2003.

The press release may contain forward-looking statements, which are based on
information currently available. These statements and assumptions involve
certain risks and uncertainties. Actual events may differ from these
expectations as specified from time to time in filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update any
forward-looking statement to the extent it becomes aware that it will not be
achieved for any reason.

CONTACT: For further information contact
         Michael J. Gerdin, President and CEO
         John P. Cosaert, ExecVP; CFO
         Heartland Express, Inc.
         319-626-3600