CDOT Names Nick Farber as Director of High Performance Transportation Enterprise

The Colorado Department of Transportation Announced Nick Farber Has Been Selected as the New Director of the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE)

DENVER - CDOT announced Nick Farber has been selected as the new High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) Director. Nick Farber joined HPTE in 2011 and became the  Deputy Director in 2015. He has played a key role in the delivery of nine major Express Lanes projects, including two Public Private Partnerships (P3s) totaling more than $3 billion in project value for the State of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Transportation. He worked side-by-side with the previous two directors, Mike Cheroutes and David Spector, helping them set the strategic direction of the HPTE program. Before joining HPTE, Nick worked for National Conference of State Legislatures on innovative finance and other transportation-related policy. 

“When I started at HPTE, we were a small team solely focused on ensuring the success of one project,” said HPTE Director Nick Farber. “Now, in its tenth year of success, HPTE has grown to seven full-time staff members with a robust Express Lanes program, including 68 miles of Express Lanes in operation and 142 miles opening in the next four years. While this growth brought new opportunities, it has also brought new challenges, including expanding tolling operations, delivering high quality maintenance services for Express Lane corridors and exploring new opportunities for revenue generation.”

“HPTE is a leader in delivering transformative projects that have received national recognition for innovation, service and use of technology,” said HPTE Board Chair Don Marostica. “Other states and countries point to HPTE and Colorado’s success as a model to emulate. Nick has contributed to the growth and success of the organization for almost eight  years. We are excited to have him in the new role as the HPTE Director.”

“CDOT and HPTE work closely together delivering important transportation infrastructure projects in Colorado. Nick’s leadership background and previous work with HPTE will help us work quickly to deliver solutions that improve mobility and offer Coloradans choice,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “We welcome Nick in his new role and look forward to working together.”

In my role as HPTE Director, I want to focus on being one of the best Express Lane operators, help CDOT deliver much-needed infrastructure projects and bring HPTE into the future,” Farber said.

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE): The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. For more information, visit

About CDOT

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.


To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.