How to Add Stationing to Line Features


Ever wonder how to add stationing to line features in ArcGIS? In this blog entry I will give an example of how to accomplish just that!

For a line feature to display stationing or hatchings, the feature has to be converted to a route. Add the “Route Editing Toolbar” to your display. Start an edit session then click the “Make Route” icon. From here select the line feature you wish to make a route. In the “Make Route” window select where you would like the beginning of the stationing to start and then select Measure Field > Shape_Length for the measured values. Leave the rest as the default. Next, click “Make Route”.


Next, go into the layers properties and click on the “Hatches” tab. Here add a “Hatch Definition” and select it in the left hand side of the window.


In this window, select “Label Settings” which brings up the following window:


Next, click “Build a text expression> Expression” button. This presents the “Hatch Text Expression” window.


Below is what is shown in the above expression window in full detail:


def FindLabel ( esri__measure ):

EM = str(int(round(esri__measure)))

if len(EM) == 0:

return “0+00”

elif len(EM) == 1:

return “0+0{0}”.format(*EM)

elif len(EM) == 2:

return “0+{0}{1}”.format(*EM)

elif len(EM) == 3:

return “{0}+{1}{2}”.format(*EM)

elif len(EM) == 4:

return “{0}{1}+{2}{3}”.format(*EM)

elif len(EM) == 5:

return “{0}{1}{2}+{3}{4}”.format(*EM)

elif len(EM) == 6:

return “{0}{1}{2}{3}+{4}{5}”.format(*EM)

This creates the stationing 00+00. Below is an example of having intervals every 1000 feet with smaller intervals at 100 feet.


The end result stationing!


One thought on “How to Add Stationing to Line Features

  1. This is so awesome, thank you for posting this workaround. I cannot get the hatching to show appropriatly. I’ve copied your text expression into notepad++ and pasted it back into The Hatch Text Expression, under the advanced setting. I cannot get the expression to work. I get an “Error 3 Line 12 – Syntax error”. The string looks good to my untrained eye.

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