Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and colleagues Honor Metro-North

Metro-North President Howard Permut along with railroad executives and MTA Board members traveled to Albany to accept accolades for its receipt of the Jury Prize for Overall Design Excellence from the Watford Group and The Center for Industrial Design in Transportation from a field of 43 railways from 15 countries on three continents.

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From left: Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Assemblyman Robert Castelli, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, MTA Board Member Carl Wortendyke, Metro-North President Howard Permut, MTA Board Member Bob Bickford, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Metro-North Vice President of Operations Bob Lieblong, MTA Board Member and Metro-North Committee Chairman Jim Sedore.

The triennial award is conferred by an international jury of prominent leaders in the railroad, architectural, and industrial design industries. The International Brunel Award recognizes the best in railway architecture, engineering, landscape and environmental design, product design, and locomotive design, among other things.

Galef called Metro-North "New York's premier railroad system" and said "that railroads around the world look to (it) as a model and inspiration."

"I am proud to invite them to be recognized by my colleagues on the floor of the Chamber. They have made so much progress in the last 30 years, much of it attributable to the current leadership, and specifically to the foresight and expertise of my neighbor and constituent, Howard Permut, the President of MTA Metro-North," Galef said.

Commenting on the success of the railroad and his recognition in the Assembly Chamber, President Howard Permut said, "This award is a testament to the dedication and pride shown every day by Metro-North's employees, from train engineers to civil engineers and from coach cleaners to coach designers, who's first priority is safety and who are united in our mission to become a brand name for excellence. It is a great honor to accept this recognition on behalf of all my colleagues."

The combined success and quality of Metro-North's individual entries to the competition resulted in this achievement. In the recent past the railroad has developed and constructed projects including the Yankees-E. 153rd Street Station, the MTA Operations Control Center, and the Croton-Harmon Locomotive and Coach Shop. The railroad also was recognized for its extraordinary shift of company culture and its focus on customers.