Baltimoreans who want to protest — or support — the Maryland Transportation Authority’s recent proposal to raise rates dramatically at the state’s toll facilities will get their first convenient opportunity June 13, when the agency will hold a public hearing at Digital Harbor High School.

That hearing, at 1100 Covington St. in Federal Hill, will be the second of nine to be held around the state.

The first hearing is set for Thursday in Gaithersburg, about an hour’s drive from Baltimore in Montgomery County. There is a good chance that attendance at that hearing will be sparse because the toll proposal would have only a minor effect on the partly opened Intercounty Connector, the only toll facility in Montgomery County.

Much livelier hearings are likely at locations close to the toll facilities that would see hefty increases under the proposal. In the Baltimore region, those include hearings June 20 in Arnold, June 21 in Dundalk and June 27 in Havre de Grace. All of the meetings run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with registration for comments closing

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