Metro's "Kiss & Ride" area at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station is now available for middlay parkers, with 41 parking spaces close to the station set aside for shoppers, tourists and others who want to drive to the station to make a short Metro trip.

The fee is a $1 token, available in the station, for parking between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. Regular commuter parking at the station is filled shortly after the lot opens each day.

"With the opening of the new midday parking area, mroe service can be provided to people who want to go donwtown by Metero but who must find a place to leave their cars," said Theodore Lutz, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority general manager. "We will look at this as a demonstration project, that if successful, can be done at other Metro stations."

To use the new parking area, motorists can follow the signs to the new numbered spaces in sections B,C, and d of the "Kiss & Ride" area. After entering the station, the passenger buys a token and deposits it in a box nearby where th number and letter of the praking space is designated.

Since the first Metro phase opened in March, 1976, more than 6 1/2 million people have ridden the system. Demand for parking at Rhode Island station has greatly exceeded the supply.