Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut will leave at the end of January.
The president of the nation's second-busiest commuter railroad has announced his retirement.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday that Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut will leave at the end of January. The MTA said Joseph Giulietti will fill the post.
Permut is leaving after Metro-North experienced a string of problems last year including the first passenger deaths in its 31-year history.
Four passengers were killed and dozens injured when a train derailed in the Bronx last December.
Permut started his MTA career in 1979 and helped form Metro-North. He's been president since 2008.
Giulietti served for more than 14 years as the executive director for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. He started his career in New York as a brake man and worked at Metro-North for 15 years.