NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The transports fumbled through the second half of 2011 as macroeconomic headwinds weighed heavily on global growth prospects. In the New Year, however, this slice of the industrials sector appears to have gathered some steam.In the opening month of 2012, shares of the iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund ( IYT) have risen 6% year to date, nearly double the broader SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average Index ETF ( DIA). IYT's performance has been impressive and encouraging, an given its historical performance, the party my not be over just yet. While February is traditionally a tricky time for U.S. stocks, transports have historically held up well compared to the benchmark S&P 500 index. In addition, top industry representatives are also painting a promising picture for IYT.