WEA's Transportation Committee met with Susan Bladholm this week, who is the founder and president of the Frog Ferry project.
The nonprofit is creating a public passenger service, similar to a water taxi for the Portland area.
Going into the future, Bladholm explained how the Frog Ferry would have an anticipated route, starting on the Columbia River in Vancouver and transporting people as far as Oregon City on the Willamette River with stops in-between.
Right now the project is going into a test pilot phase where a vessel will transport up to 70 people at a time between Cathedral Park in St. Johns to downtown Portland's South Waterfront, starting next summer or fall (2022).
During the pilot phase, the project could transport up to 1,000 people per day, eliminating the need for 600 cars to be on the road.
As the project evolves, Bladholm said there will be a need to build dock infrastructure for stops and to create fueling or charging sites.
She said the pilot vessel will be powered by renewable diesel, but is expected to be changed to an electric engine in the future.