Re: What do the statistics tell us?
"There's your mistake right there. If you're regularly encountering the same problem at the same time of day in the same area, experience would suggest altering your timetable."
And YOUR mistake is assuming people CAN alter their timetables. Many of these people are nine-to-fivers on fixed schedules (courtesy of their bosses) who need to be a point B within a certain amount of time or they'll miss something important that ruins the rest of their schedule.
So let's posit. If you're regularly encountering the same problem at the same time of time at all possible locations (which tends to happen in rush hour--people quickly learn the detours, others follow, and these get jammed, too) and you have no freedom to change your timetable, you only have one option: grin and bear it because you are just plain STUCK.