Sudbury Transit has a new policy to help decide where to set up new bus shelters.

The goal is to build the bus shelters where they are needed most.

Transit staff receives dozens of requests from riders who want a bus shelter at their stop and the new policy will help determine which requests are granted by staff.

The number of bus riders on the route will be a major factor in whether a bus shelter is put up.

But during a city meeting Monday night, Coun. Joscelyne Landry-Altmann said she wonders if that's the best way to look at it.

"If they don't want to take the bus because they're freezing in the wintertime or because they're sitting on the side of the road and there's a lot of snow and it may be unsafe, then the ridership becomes arbitrary," she pointed out.

A bus shelter costs about $5,000 to build and requires about $400 dollars per year to maintain.

About 125 of Greater Sudbury's 1,300 bus stops have a shelter.