American Railway Development Association

May 2020
Real Estate Section Feature
Identifying Real Estate Opportunities in a Pandemic

Kristine Williams
Director Real Estate, CP 

Day after day the news is filled with dire predictions of slumping volumes and impending recession that will have lasting impacts to the rail industry. As North America treads softly towards rebuilding its economy, North American railroads can cautiously look towards resuming normal operations and identifying new opportunities.

The story of railroad real estate is varied and includes chapters well beyond sidings and grain silos. Monetizing the right of way asset has taken many forms, from capitalizing on the long linear nature of rail corridors that connect major markets to finding strategic opportunities at major intersections to leveraging key land holdings aimed at attracting loyal customers. The key to finding opportunities as we move forward post-Covid will be to capitalize on the investments made before the pandemic and be creative and open to new ideas.

Virtual Annual Meeting 

ARDA Members, 

These last couple months have been an unprecedented time and have caused our lives to change in many ways. After much consideration the ARDA Board of Directors has decided to move the Annual Meeting to a virtual format to keep everyone as safe ad healthy as possible. 

We believe ARDA has valuable information and education to share with our members. We want to support our community of members and believe this virtual format is the best way we can do that. 

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Everything we do at ARDA would not be possible without our annual sponsors. We want to say an extra special thank you for your support during these times. You are so valued and appreciated.

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