(AP) The president of the nation's second-busiest commuter railroad has announced his retirement following a string of problems last year including a New York derailment that caused the first passenger deaths in its 31-year history.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday that Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut will leave at the end of January.
Metro-North operates trains in New York and Connecticut, carrying 280,000 riders on an average weekday. Four passengers were killed when a train derailed in the Bronx last month.
Permut started his MTA career in 1979 and helped form Metro-North. He's been president since 2008.
The MTA says Joseph Giulietti (joo-LEH'-tee) will fill the post.
Giulietti served for more than 14 years as the executive director for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. He worked at Metro-North for 15 years.