The Passenger Ferry Initiative was started to use the river as an alternate transportation option.

Most major river cities around the world use their waterways to ease the burden on freeways and roads.  The last survey to be completed in Portland on the use of Passenger ferries was done in 2006. (You can read that report here)

It’s time for Portland to re-examine the option of its waterways to provide an alternate mode of transportation. Using our cities waterways would create an alternative method of transportation. It would provide a pleasing commuter and visitor travel option and increase the livability of our Portland and Vancouver neighborhoods.