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I have a feature class containing the district boundaries for India and a feature class of one of India's national highways. For each district, I calculated the straight line distance to the nearest highway segment using the Near tool (which calculates the distance between the highway to the nearest boundary of a given district).

How can I create the feature class representing the straight line distance created by the Near tool?

I am using ArcMap version 10.5

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From the help section for Near tool:

To visualize the FROM_X, FROM_Y, NEAR_X, and NEAR_Y locations, the output table can be used as input to the Make XY Event Layer or XY To Line tools.

Make XY Event Layer:

Creates a new point feature layer based on x- and y-coordinates defined in a source table. If the source table contains z-coordinates (elevation values), that field can also be specified in the creation of the event layer. The layer created by this tool is temporary.

XY To Line:

Creates a new feature class containing geodetic line features constructed based on the values in a start x-coordinate field, start y-coordinate field, end x-coordinate field, and end y-coordinate field of a table.

  • You are a life saver---I will try this. Thank you. – PollPenn May 31 '17 at 7:37
  • For some reason, I cannot generate the FROM_X and FROM_Y fields even after setting the location option to True. It only yields the NEAR_X and NEAR_Y fields. Any idea why this might be the case? – PollPenn Jun 3 '17 at 21:29
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    Figured it out. To get the FROM_X and FROM_Y fields, use the Generate Near Table tool, not the Near tool. – PollPenn Jun 3 '17 at 21:45

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