Full Route: 7 Stops

1.0 Version: Start with round trip Vancouver, Washington to downtown Portland, Salmon Springs core service.

2.0 When we are successful with the initial launch and route, we can add watercraft and service from Lake Oswego/Milwaukie to downtown Portland. Eventually partner with three of seven jurisdictions for parking facilities and boat access.

Salmon Springs Dock/Waterfront Park Seawall
Owned and managed by Portland Parks and Recreation, note: Salmon Springs dock leased to American Waterways (Portland Spirit)

Owned and maintained by OMSI

Rose Quarter East bank Esplanade/Duckworth Dock
Owned and maintained by the Portland Office of Transportation

Owned and maintained by unknown.


1.0 Vancouver to Portland Downtown Core at Salmon Springs Fountain, no parking

South/North Milwaukie/Oregon City & Lake Oswego to Portland Downtown Core<

2.0 From a Milwaukie or Oregon City location with parking facilities to Lake Oswego (parking facilities) to OHSU (stop only, no parking)
to OMSI stop (no parking, stop only) to Salmon Springs Fountain (stop only, no parking.)

East/West Portland

3.0 To help alleviate traffic and provide a new mode of transport for river crossings from the downtown core on the west side at Salmon Springs
Fountain to key venues such as the Rose Quarter Arena and Oregon Convention Center on the east side.


  • Safety: above all else.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Seamless customer experience from park- ing to destination and back; beat or match travel time by car.
  • Connect people and the city using the river corridor to provide an instrumental means of unifying the transportation infrastructure network of bus, light rail, pedestrian, bicycle, and auto.
  • Operational Efficiency: Strategic equipment, timing, ramp access, partnerships with municipalities, and operational best practices. “Green” practices to ‘do no harm’ to the river. Reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Public-Private Partnership: This would be a watershed public-
    private partnership that would benefit road users throughout the
    region and minimize the burden through partnership and start-up cost share.
  • Profitability: There have been models developed in the past that haven’t penciled out. We must prove there is demand and scale the operations for profitability.

Fundamental attributes of successful Mixed use Travel Profiles:

Vision + Land use + Mobility/Transportation = Successful high density, mixed use living
(Credit: Rick Gustafson, Portland Streetcar)