A route is a linear feature that stores a unique identifier and contains measure (m) coordinates . Routes can be stored in coverages, shapefiles, or geodatabases (which is the preferred method for storing and managing routes).
ArcCatalog and the Linear Referencing toolbox contain tools for creating new route feature classes in shapefiles and geodatabases.
In addition to tools to create new route feature classes for subsequent digitizing or importing, there are tools for creating routes by merging existing line features, calibrating route data with points, and migrating route data from one format to another.
Creating route feature classes
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Creating new route feature classes
Creating routes from existing line features
Calibrating route feature measurements
Importing route features into the geodatabase