Howard R. Permut

Howard R. Permut

Howard Permut is an experienced independent management consultant providing advice to both US and international clients. He has over 40 years experience in the public transit field.

After starting his career in Chicago with the Chicago Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority, Mr. Permut was part of the original team that formed Metro North Railroad in 1983. He held a series of progressively more senior executive positions culminating in his appointment as President from 2008 until his retirement in January 2014. Permut’s work was instrumental in Metro North’s transformation to a leading transit agency. His initiatives expanded ridership, improved safety and customer service, increased financial efficiency, implemented new fare and revenue generating strategies, redeveloped Grand Central Terminal and rebuilt the railroad’s infra-structure. As President, he led the railroad during a time of critical economic, weather, safety and operational challenges. During his tenure, Metro North was the first and only American railroad to receive the International Brunel Jury Award for best design and engineering among global railroads.

Permut has been a leader in strategic transit industry activities involving the American Public Transportation Association, Federal Railroad Administration, Transit Center and the Transportation Cooperative Research Program. He has lectured on transit management and leadership topics at universities throughout the world, including Curtin University (Perth), National Defense University, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and Northwestern University. He was part of the team that developed and launched the National Transit Institute’s Senior Leadership Program.

He currently provides strategic advice to national and international clients with a focus on organizational structure and effectiveness, strategic business planning, project planning and market development.  He is also a member of the Metrolinx Capital Oversight Committee and is Board Chair of Teatown Lake Reservation, a major environmental organization in Westchester County. Previously he has been a member of the Eno Board of Advisors and a Senior Fellow at the Regional Plan Association.

He has a bachelor’s in geography from SUNY Binghamton, a master’s in transportation from Northwestern University, and attended the Harvard University Kennedy School Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program.

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