By now, most people have heard about the proposed plan to increase Metro-North and bus fares.

But, before the increases are approved, there need to be public hearings.

If approved, a rail fare increase would take effect in three phases - 10 percent on July 1, 2018, 5 percent on July 1, 2020, and 5 percent on July 1, 2021, for a cumulative total of 21.28 percent.

A 14.3 percent, or 25-cent, bus fare increase would take effect on July 1, 2018.

Rail service reductions would also take effect on or about July 1, 2018; no bus service changes are proposed at this time.

And, there’s the plan to have significant reductions to rail services on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines on the New Haven Line, and on Shore Line East. The main line New Haven Line service would largely remain unchanged.

“These actions are necessary due to an estimated $60 million budget shortfall for transit and rail accounts,” the state Department of Transportation said in a release.

“The implementation of any service and fare changes are subject to public input and contingent on action by the General Assembly to ensure the long-term solvency of the Special Transportation Fund which is supported by the gasoline tax and other revenues, and pays for CTDOT operations.”

If approved, a rail fare increase would take effect in three phases - 10 percent on July 1, 2018, 5 percent on July 1, 2020, and 5 percent on July 1, 2021, for a cumulative total of 21.28 percent.

A 14.3 percent, or 25-cent, bus fare increase would take effect on July 1, 2018.

Rail service reductions would also take effect on or about July 1, 2018; no bus service changes are proposed at this time.

Similar fare increase hearings were held in 2016 before the state Department of Transportation evenually approved the increases.

The hearings will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

New Haven on Tuesday, Feb. 20, New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2, 200 Orange St.

Waterbury, Wednesday, Feb. 21, Waterbury City Hall, 235 Grand St.

Stamford, Tuesday, Feb. 27. UConn Stamford Campus Auditorium, One University Place.

To see the complete lists of the public hearings, click HERE