For anyone with any design sense who come to visit New York City: yes, our city officials are clueless idiots.
New York Times: Reviews Trickle In for New Taxi Logo
New York Times: X Marks the Spot and Back to ‘Bullets’
New York magazine: The Second Avenue Subway Is Brought to You by the Letter T
MBTA (a/k/a the Boston subway system) home page (which, interestingly, is much cleaner than the NYC MTA's site)
(btw, post #95 on "X Marks The Spot..." is mine.)