Prince William County officials on Tuesday appropriated funds to open a Kiss and Ride lot at Virginia Railway Express’s Woodbridge station.

The board budgeted $613,500 for the project, which will be administered by the county but funded by VRE with state and federal money.

The Kiss and Ride lot was originally scheduled to be built during the Route 1/123 interchange project, VRE officials said. Because that project is not scheduled to be finished for a few years, VRE and the county decided to move forward with the lot in order to help serve VRE’s growing ridership.

County officials said they will add an access lane and pull-off area on the east side of Route 1 for people to easily drop off riders.

The lot will complete the recently made over Woodbridge station. Last year, VRE added a platform on the west side of the tracks and an overhead pedestrian bridge that connects the tracks to the parking garage on the east side.

Although VRE has used its second platform, it was mainly added to give the commuter rail system more flexibility and the ability to add capacity in the future, VRE officials said.

The Kiss and Ride lot will be complete by the end of 2011, county officials said.