CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A group of Charlottesville community members is petitioning City Council to expand the city's public transportation system.

On Monday, April 15, ahead of council's meeting, a group led by Paul Long held a rally outside City Hall.

These Charlottesville citizens are asking the city to expand the Charlottesville Area Transit to service all routes every 20 minutes, provide full service on Sundays and holidays, and keep the downtown bus station open from 6 a.m. to midnight every day.

Long is also calling on the city to expand transportation services into the surrounding counties.

“I realize that Charlottesville has only got a population of 50,000 people, the county's got a population of 110,000, you take the surrounding counties, the metropolitan area of Charlottesville is about 200,000 people and we should be thinking in terms of that population base in terms of a public transit system,” Long said.

Long says that these improvements will help provide equity to the city's low-income residents.

He also believes it will help improve the city's downtown economy.