updated 5/4/2011 1:17:33 PM ET 2011-05-04T17:17:33

MONDOVI, Wis., May 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marten Transport, Ltd. (Nasdaq:MRTN) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of two cents ($0.02) per share of common stock. The dividend will be payable on May 27, 2011 to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 16, 2011.

Marten Transport, with headquarters in Mondovi, Wis., is one of the leading temperature-sensitive truckload carriers in the United States. Marten specializes in transporting and distributing food and other consumer packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment. Marten offers service in the United States, Canada and Mexico, concentrating on expedited movements for high-volume customers. Marten's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol MRTN.

This press release contains certain statements that may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including Marten's current expectations concerning future payment of dividends. These statements by their nature involve substantial risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements.  Important factors known to Marten that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements are discussed in Item 1A of Marten's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. Marten undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Tim Kohl, President
         Jim Hinnendael, Chief Financial Officer
         Marten Transport, Ltd.
         715-926-4216

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