RSI supports performance-based regulations that allow for innovation and pilot projects. RSI members partner with their customers to research, develop, test and deploy technology that improves safety and efficiency. Because of this, the rail industry needs equal footing with other transportation modes so that it can continue to make the strides necessary in improving safety and operations. We also encourage more effective USDOT oversight of compliance activities and standards related to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail. USDOT should act to clarify requirements and work with the railroads, shippers, and railcar lessors to create efficient processes for ensuring compliance with federal requirements as well as consistent guidance and enforcement of those requirements.