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.
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.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.