Lines :

  • Line (or arc) data is used to represent linear features. Common examples would be rivers, trails, and streets.  Line features only have one dimension and therefore can only be used to measure length.  Line features have a starting and ending point. Common examples would be road centerlines and hydrology. Symbology most commonly used to distinguish arc features from one another are line types (solid lines versus dashed lines) and combinations using colors and line thicknesses. In the example below roads are distinguished from the stream network by designating the roads as a solid black line and the hydrology a dashed blue line.
  • Vector lines connect each vertex with paths. Basically, you’re connecting the dots in a set order and it becomes a vector line with each dot representing a vertex.
  • On the other hand, networks are line data sets but they are often considered to be different. This is because linear networks are topologically connected elements. They consist of junctions and turns with connectivity.
  • If you were to find an optimal route using a traffic line network, it would follow set rules. For example, it can restrict turns and movement on one-way streets.