Flyer Industries E901A

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Flyer Industries E901A
Flyer E901A
Years of manufacture 1981 to 1983
Length 40 feet
Width 102 inches

The Flyer Industries E901A is the trolleybus version of the D901A. In 1980 BC Transit and the City of Vancouver made the decision to renew its trolleybus fleet. After a competitive bid process that included manufacturers from overseas, Flyer (who partnered with Westinghouse) was selected to manufacture the buses. A prototype, built in 1981, was delivered in 1982 and extensively tested.[1] A total of 247 buses were produced for Vancouver.

BC Transit recognized that the buses would be used on routes with high ridership with constant boardings and de-boardings. A notable feature they desired was a double stream front door like those used on their older buses. Manufacturers in North America initially hesitated to accommodate the request. Ultimately Flyer redesigned its 901A model with a reduced wheelbase and larger entrance door.[1] This modified design was still designated E901A, however later buses would be given the designation E902.



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Demonstrator and engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses.

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Motor Notes
2700 1981 E10240 2315 Westinghouse DC w/ chopper


  1. 1.0 1.1 Trolley Bus: Where It Is and Where It's Going. 01 January 1983. Transportation Rsearch Board.
Flyer Industries
Models Diesel: D700A - D800 - D800B - D900 - D901 - D901A - D902

Electric: E700A - E800 - E800B - E901A - E902