com·mut·er | \ kə-ˈmyü-tər \

Definition of commuter 

1 : a person who commutes (as between a suburb and a city)

2 : a small airline that carries passengers relatively short distances on a regular schedule

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Construction on a major infrastructure project this year to repair sewer lines in Lake Zurich should begin in August, but the upcoming work shouldn’t be too much of a disruption to commuters, village officials said. Phil Rockrohr,, "'High priority project' to repair sewer lines throughout Lake Zurich starting soon," 12 July 2018 Though a boon for commuters, the project — which dates to 2004 and has been changed several times related to public comment — remains divisive, especially in Seabrook. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Texas 146 widening set for summer start in Seabrook, Kemah," 2 May 2018 Reverend Tim McConville, a pastor at United Methodist Church of Chugiak, handed out bottled water to commuters Thursday afternoon. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "New detour for Friday’s Glenn Highway commuters after day of frustration and unexpected bright spots," 23 Mar. 2018 Through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows of the second-floor lounges in Brightline’s stations, riders can’t hear the honks of South Florida commuters. Meryl Kornfield,, "Brightline train stations boost new development in South Florida's downtowns," 3 July 2018 Fifteen percent of commuters are expected to use buses, 5% additional ferry service and 3% to 5% bikes. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Citi Bike Expanding Ahead of L-Train Shutdown," 27 June 2018 Bike lanes and bike paths and free pancakes for commuters aren’t enough. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 Here’s what’s in the works so far, from new housing near the stations to increasing the number of travel options for Brightline commuters. Meryl Kornfield,, "Brightline train stations boost new development in South Florida's downtowns," 3 July 2018 Main lanes of the toll road near the Louetta exit were closed while the chase was active but have since reopened for commuters. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Police chase leaves Hardy Toll Road clogged with heavy traffic and woman in custody," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of commuter

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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