Hello, I am not a teacher, just a learner,
But I know that in USA, the 'Commuters' are people who do not live in the center of the town but in the suburb and naturally they need to take their cars, or buses or others ways to be at work at the right time.
I believe Mr.Collins is right. (Notice: I am not sure the word commute has a reation with the distance).
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