T notes: 19 MassDOT workers get pay equity hikes

Big chunk of Blue Line shutting down for 2 weeks

A PAY EQUITY REVIEW at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation discovered 19 managers, including one of the top officials at the agency, were not being paid salaries equal to other employees doing similar work.

State transportation officials said 15 of the 19 employees were service center managers at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Another was Astrid Glynn, MassDOT’s rail and transit administrator.

The 19 employees as a group will see their pay increase a total of $65,560, an average increase of $3,450.

Glynn is receiving a $970 pay increase, boosting her annual salary from $148,334 to $149,305. She declined comment.

DOT officials said the salary adjustments affected 19 of 251 managers at the agency. They said the pay equity review will now shift to 3,426 members of a union bargaining unit.

Blue Line shutting down for 2 weeks

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said a big chunk of the Blue Line will shut down for two weeks starting May 18 to speed up track and station repairs.

The shutdown will run from Airport Station to Bowdoin Station from May 18 through May 31. Poftak said 37 shuttle buses will be deployed on weekdays running passengers direct from Government Center to the airport and an additional 37 buses will do local runs, stopping at every station except Bowdoin inbound and State and Aquarium outbound. Twenty-three buses will run on Saturdays and 17 on Sundays.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Poftak said doing the work all at once will save 106 days of weekend diversions and eliminate speed restrictions along the line, shore up tunnels, and make drainage improvements at Aquarium Station.

Poftak said the T is also shutting down a portion of the Lowell commuter rail lie for seven days starting May 18 to perform work related to the Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford. Shuttle buses will run between North Station and Anderson RTC. The shutdown is expected to save $2 million.