Plans are moving forward with a $9.4 million pilot ferry project along the Willamette River, which could see ferry boats carrying passengers from Cathedral Park to Tom McCall Waterfront Park by next summer.

Expected to open in 2022 and run through summer 2024, Frog Ferry will run from St. Johns in North Portland south along the Willamette to the downtown core, with more stops planned. It's the biggest step yet by the nonprofit group Friends of Frog Ferry to bring a public passenger ferry service to the Portland area.