I am doing a transportation analysis on buildings in ArcGIS 10.2.

I need to find nearest point features to multiple feature classes and then generate lines to those closest point features.

I was reading another question post here about using the "generate near table" and "XY to line" tools to do this. It worked fairly well, but I could not specify the tools to find and generate lines to each of the nearest features in multiple shapefiles/feature datasets.

ex: I have a point file for one building I need to generate a line to the closest bus stop, to the closest drinking fountain, to the closest bicycle lock rack.

There is a seperate dataset for each transportation feature (bike rack, water fountain, bus stop, etc...)

Can anybody help?

Here is the link to a similar problem:

Connect point to closest feature in ArcGIS 10.2

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    Hi @Erick and welcome to GIS Stack Exchange. Have you tried Batch mode, which will allow you to run the same tool multiple times? Nov 2, 2014 at 22:31

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I'd suggest either Batch mode or, if it is possible, pre-merge the multiple targets using Merge geoprocessing tool into one.

  • Would I merge the targets after generating the near table? Merging the .dbf
    – Erick
    Nov 10, 2014 at 17:17
  • I'd use Batch mode to generate multiple near tables, then merge these tables into one table using Merge and, finally, convert them using XY to Line to a line feature class. Nov 11, 2014 at 22:18

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