I have found some of the worst traffic congestion in European cities, and have found the public transport systems generally rather poor for anything other than either local or intercity transport (ie: almost completely ignoring medium distance needs).
Of course I assume YOU live in a central apartment, work not far from there, and work in a job where you dont have to move much around, right? is that pretty much it? No one else should live differently to YOU?
Well, I live on outside one side of a city which happens to form a geographical block (the city is at a choke point, unless you like boats), most of the work is on the other side of the city (great urban planning, and the council is actually working to make that WORSE by restricting residential and commercial mixing). From one side of the city to the other is around 90km, and buses (the only public transport that travels through) run regularly, every 2 HOURS from my area.
Care to handwave your way to a solution there, genius?