Akshay Mani is a Project Manager – Urban Transport at EMBARQ India. He is based in Mumbai and manages EMBARQ India’s research, policy and project initiatives aimed at improving the intermediate public transport (IPT) sector (auto-rickshaws and taxis) as an important part of sustainable transport in cities.
Akshay is the lead author of the recently published Sustainable Urban Transport in India – Role of the Auto-rickshaw Sector, which presents a policy vision for auto-rickshaws in sustainable urban transport, and reform recommendations to organize services and address environmental and road safety challenges facing this sector. A version of this work was accepted for presentation at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, DC. Akshay leads EMBARQ India’s activities on further research, information dissemination and policy-level engagement with key stakeholders at the city, state and national levels to take these recommendations forward.
Akshay manages EMBARQ India’s auto-rickshaw project in Rajkot, which involves providing technical expertise and advice, and stakeholder engagement support to Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) to improve auto-rickshaw service in the city. As part of EMBARQ India’s Catalyzing New Mobility programme, Akshay supports research and stakeholder engagement efforts to promote the role of entrepreneurs in achieving triple-bottom-line benefits in the auto-rickshaw sector.
Akshay has over 6 years of work experience in the areas of urban transport planning and policy, urban goods movement, and environmental impact assessment of transport projects. Prior to joining EMBARQ India, he worked as a transportation planner at Cambridge Systematics (CS), a leading transportation consulting firm in the U.S. At CS, he contributed to notable projects including a national level policy effort for the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) focusing on a port truck pricing framework to reduce truck traffic congestion and air pollution in cities, and a project in California to assess the environmental benefits of short-haul rail intermodal service at the Port of Oakland. During his stay in the San Francisco bay area, Akshay also engaged in activities with the Sierra Club, the San Francisco Food Bank, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Akshay holds a Masters degree in Transportation Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelors and Masters of Technology (B.Tech/M.Tech) degrees in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.