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Giulietti tabbed to head Metro-North

by Benjamin Kabak

Joseph J. Giulietti, a 42-year transit veteran, will replace outgoing Metro-North President Howard Permut on February 1, MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast announced today. In the first public statements following reports of Permut’s sudden retirement, Prendergast praised the outgoing president and welcomed back Giulietti, the current executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, the agency that operates Tri-Rail.

“Joe began his railroad career as a brakeman and assistant conductor on the Penn Central Railroad, and has honed his operational and leadership skills through positions of increasing responsibility,” Prendergast explained. “I am confident Joe will quickly focus on enhancing Metro-North’s strong operational standards and safety practices, while continuing to develop the railroad’s future as a critical link in the region’s transportation system and economy.”

Giulietti first started working for the railroad that would become Metro-North in 1971 when it was then Penn Central. He became a foreman with Conrail in 1978 and served as superintendent of transportation when Metro-North began operations in 1983. Before departing for sunny South Florida in 1998, he had served as engineer of track for the Harlem and Hudson lines and assistant director of transportation and schedule coordination, among other roles, at Metro-North.

Coming in after a year of troubles, Giulietti will have to restore both the perception and reality of safety to the beleaguered railroad. “Metro-North’s customers have learned to have high expectations of their railroad,” he said, “and I want to ensure it always performs safely, efficiently and effectively for the future.”

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Heather January 10, 2014 - 6:45 pm

I’m glad that with this appointment they seem to be getting back to basics with someone who actually knows how to run a railroad. I’m not trying to crap on Permut – he was there since MNR’s inception, however Mr. Giuletti has direct operational experience.

Most older employees I know who worked with him the first time around have nothing but high praise for the guy, so I think this is going to be a positive step forward for Metro North.

Juan Carlos January 10, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Miami will miss you Mr. Giuletti. You served us well. Hope we can find a good replacement for South Florida RTA. Best of luck!


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