All of this should really have been a simple matter to clear up, and by Wednesday afternoon, the administration had more or less done so. A spokeswoman for MDOT sent an email to various state officials providing some more clues as to what's going on — for example, it turns out the $1.35 billion in new projects includes $90 million in federal funds, making the new state funding equal the savings from the Red and Purple lines. And that $195 million for bridges includes one old, $45 million project. The explanation, however, appears to have created some semantic confusion. The administration's materials refer in various places to "preserved projects" and in other places to "preservation projects." DLS wasn't including preserved projects in its calculations on the grounds that they had already been in the budget. Fair enough. But some of what the administration is counting are "preservation projects," by which it means things like road repaving. In most cases, that is new spending that hadn't previously been on the books, though unlike the major projects, those repairs are mostly not enumerated. Nonetheless, if the administration is dedicating a total of $500 million in new funds over the next six years to fixing bridges and roads, its numbers add up.