Logistic Zone Acreage Ownership Notes
CentrePort Canada 20,000 Public Rail-airport co-location
Global Transportation Hub 3,250 Public  
CN Calgary Logistics Park 580 Private Opened in 2013
Alliance Texas 17,000 Private Opened in 1994
CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Elmwood 2,200 Private  
CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Joliet 3,600 Private Opened in 2004; BNSF
CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Houston Metro 630 Private Opened in 2011
CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Suffolk 921 Private Opened in 2009
CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Crete 1,000 Private Opened in 2010; CSX
CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Kansas City 1,340 Private KCS
Dallas Logistics Hub 6,360 Private  
Huntsville International Intermodal Center 1,470 Public Opened in 1986
Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park 1,300 PPP Opened in 2008
Raritan Center 2,350 Private Rail link planned
Terminal Intermodal Logistica de Hidalgo 400 Private Opened in 2012
Intermodal Terminals and Selected Co-Located Logistic Zones Projects in North America
The principle of co-location is fundamental to the operational efficiency of an inland port. Several recent logistic zones projects in North America are capitalizing from this advantage where the planning and setting of a new intermodal rail terminal is done concomitantly with a logistics zone project. This partnership fundamentally acts as a filter for the commercial potential of the project as both actors must make the decision to go ahead with their respective capital investment in terminal facilities and commercial real estate. The above map depicts selected recent logistic zones projects that were designed in co-location with a new or renovated intermodal rail facility. Some involve substantial acreage and it remains to be seen if the allocated land will eventually be fully used.
Co-located logistics zone projects tend to be significantly larger than conventional logistics zones solely serviced by road. The convergence between the need for rail companies to develop large terminals to accommodate economies of scale and the capital intensiveness of these investments has incited partnerships with large commercial real estate developers who have the capital and expertise to develop large logistics zones. CenterPoint Properties, which was acquired in 2006 by a branch of CalPERS (California public employees’ retirement fund), is a salient example of a commercial developer actively involved with several rail operators in the development and management of logistics zones. While in most cases CenterPoint will bring forward a project after a terminal development project has been announced, the trend is shifting towards a concomitant planning of the intermodal rail terminal and the logistics zone. In one case (Crete, Illinois), CenterPoint made the decision of developing a logistics zone beforehand and the rail operator CSX latched on afterwards with its National Gateway Program.