A total of 412,532 people rode Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) buses in April, up 5.54 percent from a year ago, DART officials announced earlier this week.

For fiscal year 2014, a total of 3.98 million passengers have ridden, up 5.8 percent from this point a year ago. The fiscal year starts in July.

December was the first month for which year-over-year comparisons could be made after DART added or changed a number of routes in November 2012, and a DART spokesperson told the Business Record earlier this year that officials would keep a close eye on ridership numbers now that there are direct year-over-year comparisons.