C&W Industrial Research MarketNote: Demand for U.S. Intermodal Facilities Increases

C&W intermodal facilitiesKEY TAKEAWAY

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported a 4.5 percent increase in total combined traffic for the first 40 weeks of 2014 when compared to the same period in 2013, with a total volume of 21,976,509 carloads and intermodal units, driven by coal (39.5%) and chemicals and allied products (10.0%). Additionally, a total of 59.6 million square feet (msf) have been leased year-to-date in rail-served properties across the country, on pace to meet the five-year average for leasing activity in rail-served parks of 70.3 msf. We expect these numbers to rise in coming years due to increased demand for rail-served facilities.

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