Surprisingly enough, there is Amtrak service twice a day to the city of Johnstown. Once in the morning from the west once in the evening from the east. The west bound train starts in Chicago and the east bound train originates in Philadelphia. I can say that I have used the service from Johnstown to Philadelphia and it is amazing. You will pass through tunnels bored through mountains, farmland, Amish country and cities.
Although not an inexpensive way to reach Johnstown it is available. As of February 4 2008 there will be air service from Washington DC Dulles international to Johnstown.
Spirit Air has service from Latrobe's Arnold Palmer airport to Fort Lauderdale for great rates.
Western Pennsylvania loves its inclined railways or funicular. In the late 1800s Pittsburgh had 17 of Western Pennsylvania's 23 inclines, two of which survive today. Other operational Western PA inclines include those at Gallitzin, Horsehoe Bend in Altoona and Johnstown.
The Johnstown Incline, at a 70.9% grade, is the steepest funicular in the world. It has 30 foot long cars that can carry 65 people the 502 vertical feet to the top of Yoder Hill. The incline was originally created in 1891, just after the big Johnstown Flood, to allow more people who work in the city to live on higher elevations, as well as to offer another escape route from the city in case of future floods. At its peak the funicular carried about 1 million passengers each year, mostly those commuting to work, but now the Johnstown Inclined Plane transports about 100,000 people per year, mostly tourists.
Today, the 46,730-mile Interstate System includes approximately 2,900 miles of turnpikes. The PA Turnpike stretches 359 miles from Ohio to New Jersey, plus it has spurs totaling 172 miles, mostly the Northeast Extension from the Philly area to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The turnpike in PA includes Interstate 76, Interstate 476, Interstate 276, a chunk of Interstate 70 (where it runs along I-76), and in the future the long-awaited completion of Interstate 95.
Unlike parallel Interstate 80 to the north which does not provide access to any of the state's major population areas, the Turnpike connects all of the largest cities in the state. Included along the turnpikes are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Allentown, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The turnpike also runs close by and provides easy access to Johnstown and Shankville.
I'm from New Jersey, so turnpike driving to me means bumper to bumper cars going at over 70 mph, with a little road rage and construction thrown in. So I was pleasantly surprised that the PA turnpike, after getting out of the Philly area, is a fun driving highway. Very few cars, lots of winding roads through the beautiful Allegheny mountains. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is known by number as 76. You can travel clear across the bottom of the state, lengthwise, from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
Funny thing though, despite the lovely driving conditions, we almost bought the farm anyway, when some ol' geezer cut off us off, pulling into our lane and almost taking the front half of my car with him. Just goes to show, ya' never know...
Public transportation is pretty much the pits in Johnstown, do don't rely soley on it to get around. It covers the downtown area pretty well, but most likely you'll want to go out to the surrounding areas to shop or eat, and there aren't many bus routes around these areas. I've included the phone number and website, if you want to check it out.
If you are claustrophobic, and don't like tunnels, this is not the road for you. On our stretch of the turnpike, we went through 3 tunnels.
For people who don't have there own car the city of Johnstown has buses. They cost $1.30 for a ride one way. For around trip is cost $2.60.