I have a line layer and a buffer layer. I need to take all the attributes from the buffer layer and add them to the line layer while keeping the rest of the attributes in the line layer that are not associated with the buffer layer. I need to do this with several buffer layers and eventually have them all lead to the same line layer. Any tips? I'm completely stuck with Spatial Joining and Intersecting.
Did you try geoprocessing tools like "Spatial Join" or "Intersect" from the Analysis tool box?
If you have a license level of "ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced" (ArcInfo), a possibility would be to use the "Identity" tool.
The line layer would be the Input Features and the buffers would be the Identity Features. The result is essentially a new line file like the original, but with the attributes of the buffer tacked on.
One caveat - this process will split your linework where it crosses buffer boundaries. If you have a static length field, you will need to recalculate the Lengths.
Chris Donohue, GISP