Let's take a look at recent job openings at the MTA:
The lowest-paid, salaried opening we found on this particular web page -- for "senior inspector/general investigator" -- starts at $59,726 and goes up to $89,578.
Next up, federal advocate: $70,931 to $106,386.
Remember, we're at the lower levels of this particular page of openings. Up at the top? Chief administrative services officer: A whopping $142,641 to $213,962 -- that latter number being more than the governor of California's salary is budgeted for.
Check out this total list of MTA salaries.
So while grandma is bummed that her monthly Metro pass is going to cost her a lunch or two, don't worry, Metro is clearly humble about how it doles out that dough.