A new train line will link Damascus Airport with the city. The $54 million project will be carried out by a Lebanese company. In recent weeks, it was feared that the economic relationship between the two countires had been harmed by the military pullout – Lebanese trucks were forced to wait at the border for days.
For years the only train out of Damascus has been a tourist route up into the mountains of Zabadani. But the new line will be an active artery. The only public transport from the airport is a slow bus, or expensive taxis costing $10 (an average journey within the city costs 50 US Cents).