Monday news roundup

Traffic, democracy vouchers, and lidding I-5 await you this morning.

The Seattle Times writes that Uber and Lyft usage has exploded in Seattle in the last few years, and it is contributing to worsening traffic.

Vox looks at Seattle’s democracy vouchers program, and how other cities are looking to copy it.

The Urbanist and Capitol Hill Seattle Blog report that the effort to lid I-5 is gaining momentum.

Seattle Bike Blog writes that design is nearly complete for the Burke-Gilman Trail “missing link.”

Erica Barnett provides a roundup of some of the items being discussed by the City Council in their budget deliberations.

Finally, the Sightline Institute explains why the rent is so damn high in Seattle, explaining where all the money goes.