LBJ Express Recent Viral Internet Postings (Chinese Firm and Workers Rumor)
Every so often, the world of social media lights up with highly-intriguing rumors that catch fire, even when they are patently false. Like the old chain e-mails promising 10 years of bad luck should you fail to pass it on to everyone in your address book, there is a new e-mail circulating that falsely claims the LBJ Express project is owned by China or being built by Chinese workers.
Recently, the Texas Department of Transportation and LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC have received several inquiries based on an inaccurate posting California’s “Morning Liberty,” which was then quoted by other blogs and widely forwarded emails. Unfortunately, these posts misrepresented a 10-month-old ABC News story that exposed two infrastructure projects outside of Texas in which American governmental agencies avoided competitive bidding and contracted with firms owned by the Chinese government.
As you know, the 17-mile, $3.2 billion LBJ Express project was competitively bid and won by the LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC, a consortium of companies led by Austin-based Cintra U.S., the American arm of a global transportation infrastructure company headquartered in Spain, as well as Meridiam Infrastructure and the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. The contractor for this project is Trinity Infrastructure, LLC, a collaboration between Ferrovial Agroman and Texas-based W.W. Webber.
Ninety percent of the 130+ companies currently working on the LBJ Express project are based in Texas, providing gainful employment for more than 2,000 people, who are spending money, paying taxes and contributing to our economy here in North Texas.
Here is the original ABC News story: [link]
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