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(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.

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