I have downloaded this zipped shapefile of bus routes from the City of Houston data portal.
I then performed these steps in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1:
- Extracted the shapefile from the *.zip
- Added this shapefile as a layer to a data frame which has data in a coordinate system of
NAD_1983_UTM_Zone_15Nand noticed that it did not draw where I expected it to
- Used ArcToolbox>Data Management Tools>Projections and Transformations>Define Project to change its coordinate system to
NAD_1983_UTM_Zone_15Nand observed that it still did not draw where I expected it to
Can you explain why this shapefile may not be drawing in the expected location?
As background the properties of a shapefile that is drawing in the expected location is:
Data Type: Shapefile Feature Class Shapefile: D:\Cloud Apps\Google Drive\...\tgr48201trt00.shp Geometry Type: Polygon Projected Coordinate System: NAD_1983_UTM_Zone_15N Projection: Transverse_Mercator False_Easting: 500000.00000000 False_Northing: 0.00000000 Central_Meridian: -93.00000000 Scale_Factor: 0.99960000 Latitude_Of_Origin: 0.00000000 Linear Unit: Meter Geographic Coordinate System: GCS_North_American_1983 Datum: D_North_American_1983 Prime Meridian: Greenwich Angular Unit: Degree