Permut began his MTA career in 1979 and was one of 10 people chosen to help form Metro-North from former Conrail commuter lines in 1983. He was named president in 2008. During his tenure Metro-North improved its financial efficiency, expanded and improved its infrastructure, modernized customer service and celebrated Grand Central Terminal’s centennial.
“I am proud of all that Metro-North has accomplished over the past 31 years, and glad to have had the opportunity to direct the railroad’s progress as president,” Permut said. “The tragedies and challenges of the past year have deeply affected me as well as all Metro-North employees. We have implemented many steps to address these issues, and I know the railroad will continue to work aggressively to ensure Metro-North customers will always have a safe and reliable ride.”