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MacNab Street Transit Terminal renamed in honour of Frank Cooke

MacNab Street Transit Terminal renamed in honour of Frank Cooke

The  MacNab Transit Terminal was renamed the Frank A. Cooke Transit Terminal, Sunday,  in recognition of Cooke’s significant contributions to his community through his employment at the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) and his volunteer work.

The renaming started Sunday, with the installation of new signage at the terminal, followed by the updating of HSR route materials in time for the start of the fall schedule which begins on September 4. Additionally, the City will host a civic dedication ceremony in honour of Frank Cooke on September 11, 2022.

Frank Arthur Cooke began his transit career in 1946 as a cashier with HSR and retired as General Manager in 1985. He died in 2014 at age 100.

In 1950, as a purchasing agent, Cooke brought the first trolley buses to Hamilton and oversaw the sale of Hamilton’s old street cars.

A passionate transit champion, he served as a long-time member of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and president from 1970 until 1971. He was also inducted into the CUTA Hall of Fame for his contribution to urban transit.

Cooke’s impact on transit extended beyond Hamilton, assisting in the start up of transit services in several southern Ontario cities including Galt (now part of Cambridge) and Guelph.

Cooke was involved in a voluntary capacity with the Hamilton Downtown Rotary Club, PROBUS Club, Tourism and Convention Bureau and was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee. He also volunteered tutoring students with visual disabilities and was active in minor sports.

Mr. Cooke was the grandfather of Terry Cooke, The President of the Hamilton Community Foundation and the last Regional Chair of Hamilton-Wentworth.

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