New York, N.Y. (CBS Connecticut) _ The President of Metro-North Railroad is stepping down.
Howard Permut, 62, has been with the railroad since it became part of the Metro Transportation Authority in 1983, serving as president since 2008. But following a series of events, each one worse than the other in 2013, Permut has decided to retire by the end of January.
It started with a derailment on the New Haven line in Bridgeport in May, where scores were injured in a collision with another train. That was followed by the death of a track foreman in West Haven.
Another problem on the New Haven line in September where power was lost, causing massive slow downs and commuter angst.
Then finally the fatal crash in the Bronx, Dec. 1 when a train derailed going too fast around a curve and four people were killed, more than 70 injured.
Taking over will be the executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Joseph Giulietti.
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