Phoenix’s Valley Metro has selected Valley Transit Constructors (VTC), a Kiewit/Mass. Joint Venture, as the team who will continue designing and building the 3.1-mile Central Mesa light rail extension.

Parsons Transportation Group, also part of the team, will serve as lead designer.

This decision comes following a nine-month procurement process that sought support from high quality contractor/design teams from across the country.

VTC will be issued a Limited Notice to Proceed for design and utility relocations in early April.

They will then spend time developing a more detailed schedule that will be reviewed with the community at a public meeting slated for end of April.

Utility relocation could break ground in late May. The current schedule calls for project completion in 2016, however, the details of the VTC schedule is likely to show this date can be moved up to 2015.

The 3.1-mile, $200 million Central Mesa light rail extension will travel through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive. It includes four stations and an end-of-line park-and-ride.

More than three-fourths of the project’s funding has been programmed with Proposition 400 and federal air quality and grant dollars.

METRO said it expects to receive its full funding commitment from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) this summer.