The Vancouver-based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced Tuesday that it has granted $300,000 to Friends of Frog Ferry, the nonprofit group that has been evaluating the possibility of a Willamette River water taxi service to serve the Portland area.
Vancouver was envisioned as the northern terminus for the line when the group unveiled the ferry concept in 2018, but the Portland Tribune reported last year that the city had been dropped from consideration for the initial route. The nonprofit’s founder, Susan Bladholm, told The Columbian in March that a Vancouver stop was still up in the air and would depend on the level of local community support.
The group announced in March that it had completed two of four planned feasibility studies for the project and had secured funding for the other two, which were planned to be completed in the summer and fall of this year. The Murdock grant is intended to support the group’s work in general and is not set aside for any particular study, according to a spokesperson.