I was slightly excited the other day to discover that the skybus terminal had moved into it's new home in the Southern Cross Station (previously called Spencer Street). Needing to take the bus, I followed the arrows from the street through a crappy little vestibule and into the station. Contrasting with the futurist pods and bouncing rooves of the railway concourse, the bus station is a cavernous rectangular hall, underlit, decorated with airconditioning units.
Why is it that the regional train station gets all the glamour and money, while the bus station, serving an almost identical function, is butt ugly internally?
The bus station is the city gateway to the airport, due to its busy airport bus fleet. The concrete eyeful presented to incoming tourists and locals is less appealing than the outdoor carpark that preceded it.