The Passenger Rail Team focused on assisting the City of Freeport in realizing the full benefits of the proposed Blackhawk Amtrak line, which will run from Dubuque to Chicago and pass through Freeport.  In order to ensure speedy implementation of the Amtrak service, support will need to be created within the community to provide political pressure and raise funds for the project.  To assist in support for the project, the Passenger Rail team examined the anticipated economic impacts of the passenger rail service.  The passenger rail group examined case studies of similar projects, met with area stakeholders, and reviewed existing quantitative benefit cost analysis to find the conclusions included in the report.