Having worked for both HMSHost and Areas USA at travel plazas along the Florida Turnpike, I can assure Marylanders that Areas USA is the superior employer and operator ("Judge blocks award of travel plazas contract," Feb. 23).

While I have the utmost respect and admiration for both companies, the simple truth is that when Areas USA took over the travel plazas in Florida, the company raised standards, implemented new training programs and empowered employees to achieve better results.

The customer service scores at my travel plaza are higher under Areas USA than they ever were under HMSHost — and we're in the midst of a redevelopment.

Keri Gust, Lake Worth, Fla.