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Light rail segment in Mesa now could open in 2015

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MESA — A Metro light rail segment in Mesa could open in 2015, a year earlier than expected.

The transit agency made that announcement Thursday as it selected a team of contractors to construct the project.

Valley Transit Constructors says they can accelerate construction of the 3.1- mile long project in their $111 million bid.

The East Valley Tribune says Metro plans to get community input before finalizing the schedule.

After getting input in April, Metro expects utility relocation could begin in May.

VTC is a venture of three contractors — Kiewet, Mass Electric and Parson Transportation Group.

The three all worked on the original 20-mile segment that opened in 2008. The overall project’s cost is estimated at $200 million.

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