Sources: Metro North president steps down - CBS 5 - KPHO

Sources: Metro North president steps down

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Sources confirmed to Eyewitness News that the president of Metro North has stepped down.

Howard R. Permut, who became president in 2008, is expected to step down from his position as president of the MTA Metro-North Railroad, sources told Eyewitness News.

In December, there was a deadly derailment on a Metro-North line in New York. In May, there was a derailment in Bridgeport that injured 76 people. Later that month, a track foreman was struck and killed.

Senator Richard Blumenthal said in a statement, ""new leadership should mean stronger attention to safety and reliability, and better results. As they replace Mr. Permut, Metro North must focus on revamping its safety culture and systems."

Permut was the fourth president in 25 years for MTA Metro-North Railroad.

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